The NCI-CCR animal program uses eight (8) species of animals within 22 NIH animal facilities and 3 off-site contract facilities. NCI-CCR has dedicated animal facilities on both the Bethesda and Frederick campuses that are operated by the Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) under a contract with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). NCI-CCR utilizes animal space within the NIH central animal facilities and shared animal facilities operated by NIH’s Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR). Many of these facilities have unique capabilities to facilitate various research needs. Standard holding for animals of varying health status, immunocompromised, animal biosafety level 2, chemical carcinogen, radioactive, large animal, and aquatic holding are among the types of space available to CCR investigators. For those investigators with short-term animal holding requirements, CCR offers holding space on a rolling basis. Several animal facilities have in vivo optical imaging capabilities to facilitate non-invasive longitudinal monitoring of disease progression, cell trafficking, and gene expression patterns in living animals.
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