National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Aging

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The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), maintains colonies of barrier-raised rodents under contractual arrangement with commercial vendors. All colonies are barrier maintained and Specific Pathogen-Free (SPF). Animals from the NIA aged rodent colonies are available to investigators at academic and non-profit research institutions. The NIA aged rodent colonies are a limited resource developed for use in aging research. They are not available for use as a general source of adult animals for unrelated areas of research.
Notice

The NIA has long provided biological resources to the research community to facilitate research on the biology of aging, for which users paid a cost-sharing fee and shipping costs. As of January 1, 2014, the NIA can no longer charge users for the biological resources, nor any related shipping fees. The NIA is committed to continuing to provide these unique resources to the research community. However, this change, and the resulting increase in cost to the NIA to provide the biological resources, necessitates a reduction in the scope of the resources and more stringent limitations on the availability of the resources. See NIA’s new eligibility criteria and restrictions on number of animals per month per grant . While there is a mechanism to apply for an exception to the resource limit, only a very limited number of these requests will be granted, and will be based on scientific need and availability. NIA asks that the research community continue to exercise care and restraint when requesting animals from the NIA aged rodent colonies because even a small increase in the number of animals per order will quickly decimate the animal colonies.

For questions about the NIA aged rodent colonies that are not addressed in the rodent handbook, email rodents@nia.nih.gov.

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