Home Cage Temperature and Activity Monitoring of Rodent Cardiovascular Models Using RFID Microchips Pre- and Post-Surgery

Life Sciences, Preclinical, Laboratory Technology,
  • Friday, May 17, 2019

Understanding rodent recovery parameters after cardiovascular surgeries require monitoring changes in behaviors and physical characteristics over long periods of time. This can be a costly and resource-intensive process to monitor.

A new radio-frequency identification (RFID) system allows for passive real-time monitoring of location, movement and animal temperature in a home cage setting. Researchers can record the animal’s location and temperature to provide a behavioral analysis of the animal in a single or group-housed setting after surgical procedures. A comparative study reveals insights on rodent surgical model recovery aspects, in conjunction to cardiovascular surgeries like myocardial infarction (MI) and transverse aortic constriction (TAC) models. 

In this webinar, the featured speakers will discuss the following:

  • Role of RFID in research to understand rodent recovery parameter in a home cage setting
  • Analysis of a comparative study on animal model recovery parameters
  • Positive impact on animal welfare (3R’s) in surgical models


Brad Gien, Head of North America Surgery, Envigo

Brad is Head of North American Surgery for Envigo Research Models and Services. He has been with Envigo for nearly four years and has been a laboratory animal surgeon for 18 years. Brad started his career in behavioral neuroscience studying Parkinson’s disease and the neuroprotective effects of many different compounds. After a brief stint researching oncology, Brad was fortunate to work for a small start-up company and set up a pharmacokinetic early discovery lab. Thirteen years later, Brad came on as Envigo’s Global Surgery Program Manager and is now the Head of Surgery leading 30 surgical staff across two sites. As part of Envigo’s IACUC and Science and Technology Advisory Group, Brad is committed to helping others enhance their research.

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Matt Ruiter, UID Identification Solutions

Matt Ruiter, CSO, UID Identification Solutions

Matthew is the Chief Scientific Officer of UID Identification Solutions, where he provides customers with RFID Identification hardware and custom software to enhance the efficiency of laboratory workflow and data collection. Matthew started his research career working in a contract laboratory that specialized in CNS research and drug testing. He was the lead surgeon there and performed complex catheterizations and device testing on rodents,canines and primates while also running drug infusions studies for neurological research. While at this position, he also served as Chairman of the IACUC committee and Study Director. After eight years, he went on to become the Vice President of a medical device company that provided catheters, infusion pumps, and software for laboratory research. Over the 12+ years in this position, Matthew travelled the world performing contract surgeries and teaching drug infusion procedures for all species.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will appeal to individuals with the following or other related job titles:

  • Researcher
  • Principal Investigator
  • Scientist
  • Study Director
  • Head of Research
  • Veterinarian
  • Facility Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Procurement/Outsourcing
  • Surgeons
  • Technician

Relevant areas:

  • In vivo research
  • PK/PD research
  • Toxicology
  • Cardiology
  • Animal model surgery

What You Will Learn

Participants will learn about: 

  • Role of RFID in research to understand rodent recovery parameter in a home cage setting
  • Analysis of a comparative study on animal model recovery parameters
  • Positive impact on animal welfare (3R’s) in surgical models

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Envigo provides mission-critical products and research services for pharmaceutical, crop protection, and chemical companies as well as universities, governments, and other research organizations. Our company is founded on the principle that research partnerships depend on unmatched expertise, unwavering dedication to customer service and shared goals, Envigo is committed to helping customers realize the full potential of their products and research which contribute to enhancing the lives of people and animals as well as protecting the environment.

 With over 3,300+ employees serving over 65 countries with a network of more than 25 operating facilities worldwide, Envigo provides comprehensive scientific expertise and a full-service offering in non-clinical research and development, research models and services, regulatory consulting, and analytical support to our customers. Envigo is a privately held global company with corporate headquarters in New Jersey.

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