DSI Launches Social Housing Solutions for Small Animal Research

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Technology enables social interaction for improved animal welfare.

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This technology has great potential to improve animal welfare in research.

Data Sciences International (DSI), the global leader in wireless physiologic monitoring, has released two new solutions focused on social housing of small animal models in research studies. Housing social species together improves animal welfare and reduces stress artifacts in data.¹, ²

DSI’s HD-S11 implant has evolved to allow researchers to simultaneously measure cardiovascular endpoints continuously and in real-time from two small animals in a single cage. Researchers can now conduct studies that were previously not possible with singly housed animals.

“This technology has great potential to improve animal welfare in research. By wirelessly monitoring pair housed rats, researchers will be able to collect quality physiologic signals from conscious, unrestrained animals in a low-stress environment,” states R. Dustan Sarazan, DVM, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of DSI. “Pair housing also optimizes lab space, which can be particularly important for high density studies.”

To meet the needs of researchers seeking to collect temperature in a social housing environment, DSI is now distributing the Anipill Temperature Monitoring System. Manufactured by BodyCap, the Anipill system automatically collects logged or real-time temperature data from socially housed animals.

“DSI is committed to advancing science to improve human and animal health,” states Kristen Knox, Chief Operating Officer of DSI. “Through this partnership, DSI offers a technology that provides a social housing solution to meet the unique needs of scientists across the entire spectrum of research.”

DSI is a pioneering biomedical research company focused on preclinical systems physiology and pharmacology. The recognized global leader in physiologic monitoring, DSI offers telemetry, pulmonary solutions, software and services that help advance science. DSI serves many industries including: Pharmaceuticals, Academia, Contract Research Organizations, Biological and Chemical Defense, the Medical Device Industry, Government, and Biotechnology companies. Solutions are tailored specifically to meet the unique research needs of its customers.
Visit http://www.datasci.com for more about the company.

BodyCap develops miniature wireless electronic sensors and monitoring solutions. Specializing in wearable connected devices for physiological data surveillance, its innovative high-tech products are used in sport performance enhancement preclinical and medical research and development, and to monitor people in extreme environments.
Visit http://www.bodycap-medical.com and http://www.animals-monitoring.com for more about the company.

1Patterson-Kane, E.G., Hunt, M. & Harper, D. (2002). “Rats demand social contact.” Animal Welfare 11(3) 327-332. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ufaw/aw/2002/00000011/00000003/art00006

2Westenbroek, C., Snijders, T.A.B., den Boer, J.A., Gerrits, M., Fokkema, D.S., & Ter Horst, G.J. (2005) “Pair-housing of male and female rats during chronic stress exposure results in gender-specific behavioral responses.” Hormones and Behavior (47) 2, 620-628. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X05000322

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