Mississippi State University (MSU) is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a very high research activity university. MSU is the only school in the state with this distinction, and one of only 108 nationwide. In FY 2013, the university secured $114 million in external research funding. Mississippi State University maintains a single core, AAALAC accredited, laboratory animal (rodent/rabbit) housing facility located within the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This facility services the biomedical research needs of both CVM and MSU. The 1985-era facility is not utilized at peak capacity but does provide animal housing and techniques space to meet the needs of 18 researchers who are either agency or internally funded. A single, 28 year old, air handling unit (AHU) provides the mechanical basis for ensuring Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) compliant environmental conditions for research animals housed in this facility. The AHU is at the end of its functional lifespan. Analyses of air changes/hour, temperature and humidity levels show frequent straying from set points and regulatory ranges. Equipment funded by this proposal will provide the necessary and required indoor environmental standards for research animals.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
Type
Grants for Repair, Renovation and Modernization of Existing Research Facilities (G20)
Project #
1G20OD018372-01
Application #
8712648
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (STOD)
Program Officer
Mccullough, Willie
Project Start
2014-06-01
Project End
2015-05-31
Budget Start
2014-06-01
Budget End
2015-05-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$475,053
Indirect Cost
Name
Mississippi State University
Department
None
Type
Organized Research Units
DUNS #
075461814
City
Mississippi State
State
MS
Country
United States
Zip Code
39762