The Animal Facility at The Forsyth Institute

Serving Forsyth and the Local Biotech Community

Forsyth's germ-free facility

The Forsyth Institute maintains an animal facility to support the Institute’s mission of performing cutting edge research in oral and craniofacial biology. The facility has been in operation since the mid 1960s, when it housed one of the earliest germ-free rodent housing systems. The Forsyth Animal Facility supports the Institute’s work on the forefront of work on the human microbiome, as well as research efforts in oral immunology and mineralized tissue biology.

The current 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 IACUC, which performs protocol approval and program oversight for both internal and external projects. The IACUC meets six times per year. If interested in using the Forsyth Institute Animal Facility, please contact us at to see if we can accommodate your needs.




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