Auburn Laboratory for Imaging Animal Systems (Project ALIAS)
The goal of Project ALIAS is to provide support for Auburn researchers attempting to address complex biology questions using small animal imaging. Bioluminescence, fluorescence and radiologic imaging modalities are available for use in small animals for the purpose of assessing the various disease progression models (e.g. Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, Infectious Disease and Cancer) and evaluating efficacy of indicated or novel therapies to alter disease progression.
- Operating all existing imaging and physiology equipment contained in the center
- Providing consultation to investigators regarding the design, performance and analysis of animal imaging experiments
- Ensuring proper maintenance and calibration of the equipment assigned to the laboratory
- Ensuring that all experiments conducted within the Laboratory are performed according to approved protocols
Fee structures are being established in consultation with university officials and members of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) advisory committee for long-term maintenance of existing equipment and acquisition of new imaging modalities. Hourly rates have been established at $50 per imaging session for the IVIS Lumina XR (session consist of initialization of the instrument and 30 minutes imaging time) and $10 per scan for the FujiFilms FLA-5100 . Preliminary feasibility data acquisition requests will be reviewed and granted based on individual consultation with Dr. Panizzi. Please check instrument and room availability through the Project ALIAS calendar at http://teamup.com/ks32de2da009b0c93b/ .
All labs and investigators are required to remember to bring disposable items: gloves, lab absorbent chucks, disinfectant wipes, black artisan page, and isoflurane to the center prior to their imaging session.