The behavioural core facility was established in 2014 as a component of the Centre for Collaborative Drug Research (CCDR). The facility is housed in two rooms within the vivarium of the Medical Sciences Building. We currently have several types of apparati to study behaviour in rodents, including acoustic startle boxes, digital activity monitors, and videotracking software.  To view or download the list of available equipment, please click HERE.

The core is intended to allow multiple investigators to perform short- and long-term studies concurrently. We provide training on the use and care of the equipment and data analysis. For investigators who are beginning a new study, we can also provide advice on experimental design and statistical analysis.

The behavioural core facility is available to core members of the Centre for Collaborative Drug Research. To learn more about CCDR membership eligibility and to apply, please click HERE or visit


User Agreement: 

Please click HERE to download the user agreement, which must be signed by both the experimenter and the principal investigator.

Note that it is the PI’s responsibility to secure approval for animal protocols before core facility equipment can be used.


Fee for the use of equipment:

Billing for use of the equipment is done twice a year in September and March. The current fee for the use of the equipment is $25/hour, with a $600 cap for every 6-month billing cycle.


Contact information:

For questions about initiating projects within the core, please contact the Behavioural Core Director, Amy Ramsey at

Laboratory website:

Tel: (416) 978-2509




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