The Forsyth Institute maintains an Animal Facility to support the Institute’s research in oral and craniofacial biology, the human microbiome, oral immunology, and mineralized tissue biology. The facility occupies a total of 4200 sq ft, including animal holding rooms, procedure spaces, cage wash, IVIS imaging and a germ-free facility. All animals are maintained under SPF conditions, with a sentinel program in place for mouse housing. The facility has been fully accredited by AAALAC since 1977, is registered with USDA and maintains an assurance with PHS. The facility complies with all USDA, OLAW, and City of Cambridge requirements.
The animal program is overseen by the Forsyth institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), which performs protocol approval and program oversight for both internal and external projects.