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Experimental Animal Resource Center

Experimental Animal Resource Center

Overview

Increasingly, many studies undertaken in our school are using animal experiments to explain complex phenomena related to life. To properly manage and supply experimental animals, in 2012 we founded the Experimental Animal Breeding Center under the School of Life Sciences, later affiliated with the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. In 2013, it was expanded into the current center to meet the growing demands for animal experiments.

History of Directors

Prof. Se-Ho Park was named first director in 2002 and served for three years, followed by second director Prof. Sang-Ho Lee, who served from 2005 to 2007, and then Prof. Jae-Hong Kim, who took office in October 2007 but resigned shortly thereafter. Prof. Se-Ho Park returned as director in November 2007 and is currently managing the center.

History of Facilities
History of Facilities
Year Facility Type Building Status Location Capacity (Cages)
2000 Conventional Laboratory Newly built Special Research Sector 100
2001 Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Laboratory Newly built B143, College of Life Science and Biotechnology Building (Nokji) 700
2006 Partial Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Laboratory Newly built 619, College of Life Science and Biotechnology Building (Nokji) 350
(in use)
2008 Conventional Laboratory Remodeled Special Research Sector 500
2010 Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Laboratory Remodeled B143, College of Life Science and Biotechnology Building (Nokji) 700
(in use)
2012 Conventional Laboratory Newly built/relocated 133, College of Life Science and Biotechnology Building (Nokji) 1000
(in use)
2013 Biosafety Level 2 (BLS2) Laboratory Relocated 134, College of Life Science and Biotechnology Building (Nokji) 50
(in use)
2015 Conventional/SPF/BSL2 Laboratories Newly built/relocated Relocated to Hana Science Building 6000

* 2008 LMO Facility Approved: Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Laboratory (LML08-329), Conventional Laboratory (LML08-1104)
* 23/04/2010: Registered to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety as the 193rd animal testing facility under the name of Experimental Animal Breeding Center (Korea University School of Life Science and Biotechnology Building (Nokji))
* 27/05/2013: Facility name registered to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety changed to Korea University College of Life Science and Biotechnology Experiment Animal Resource Center and re-registered

Facility Management

Before 2007, the animals of each animal facility were cared for directly at the individual laboratory level but since 2008 all animal room facilities have been placed under a unified management. Specialized management by the staff and a system of paying per cage used was established, and is being continued presently.

Usage Status Quo (Average number of cages used per year)
Usage Status Quo (Average number of cages used per year)
Year SPF Laboratory Conventional Laboratory Total Number of Laboratories
2008 1000 250 1250 19
2009 1020 400 1420 24
2010 880 460 1340 19
2011 770 880 1650 17
2012 800 880 1680 18
2013 960 1220 2180 22
2014 1030 1250 2280 21

Facilities Overview

  - SPF Animal Room
SPF Animal Room

  - Quasi-SPF Animal Room
Quasi-SPF Animal Room

  - Conventional Animal Breeding Room


  - Biosafety Level 2 Animal Lab

 

The center has been operated since 2001 in a space of some 595 m² in the Life Sciences Hall on the green campus to support animal experiments, which are growing in importance in life sciences research. The center is composed of an office (4th floor), the SPF Animal Lab (1st underground floor), Quasi-SPF Animal Lab (6th floor), Non-SPF Animal Room (1st floor), Infected Animal Room (1st floor), Gamma Calibration Room (1st underground floor). Four staff members, not including the director, currently work for the center. As of October 2013, 21 research labs were using 10,000 mice and rats in 2,500 cages.
For researchers’ convenience, we offer cage change services, crossbreeding, separation of baby mice and rats into male and female, and cage removal. Other services include drawing blood, taking tail tissue samples, and attaching animal ID numbers. Moreover, we change the HEPA filters used in clean benches, a service offered at cost if so requested by the lab.

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