MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GS04 1011 Workshop for Experimental Training in Mouse Cancer Biology

Johnson, Randy L.  One semester hour.  Summer, annually.  Grading system:  Pass or Fail.  Prerequisites:  Prospective students must be on an approved existing mouse animal protocol and consent of instructor (approval code needed for registration).

The laboratory mouse is widely used in cancer biology research.  This lecture and laboratory-based workshop is designed to provide students with a basic working knowledge of using and handling laboratory mice in the setting of cancer biology research.  Topics covered include basic research regulations and guidelines for rodents, including mice.  Mouse husbandry, genetics, colony management as well as basic mouse handling, restraint, injection, surgery, euthanasia, necropsy and tissue biopsy will be covered in both lecture and laboratory settings.  At the end of the workshop students, even those with no prior experience with working with laboratory mice, will be able to properly handle and restrain mice, perform injections, become familiar with surgery, euthanasia, post-mortem tissue collection and processing as well as tissue biopsy.  While this workshop is intended primarily for students in the Cancer Biology Program, other GSBS students are encouraged to apply as the laboratory mouse is also an important tool in a wide variety of biomedical research settings.