Exercise, Motor Function & Coordination (+ VO2 max)

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Advanced Solutions for Rodents Exercise Studies

The Treadmill is an advanced computerized equipment tailored for forced exercise experiments and fatigue assessments in rodents. It supports individual or group animal studies, accommodating up to six mice or four rats per treadmill. The system features adjustable inclination for workload modification.
A servo motor drives the treadmill belt, allowing you to program custom speed profiles with varying acceleration and deceleration phases. Infrared sensors detect when animals leave the belt, while optional motivational stimuli like foot shock or air puff encourage them to stay on track.
Our Treadmill offers precise control over exercise parameters, facilitating studies on chronic adaptation to exercise and disease progression reversal in rodents with unparalleled efficiency and flexibility.

Advantages in Comparison to Competitive Systems

4 Different Experiment Modes: training, single, training + single, training + single deactivated

Various Stimulus options: shock, air-puff, or manual pusher

Adjustable Inclination: -20, -10 & up to +25 degrees

Constant and Accelerating Speed 

Initial Speed 0.07 – 2.0 m/sec, accelerating time 0-600 sec

Individual Timer per Line

Loading and storage of individual Animal Profiles: up to 200 animals per table

Key Performance Parameters for Animal Treadmill Experiments

Time and distance traveled: total or during time intervals

Manual delivery of electric stimulus (in some experiment modes)

Tracking of speed when the animal falls off the running surface.

Assessment of animal performance in watts (activated when a value larger than 0 is entered in the Angle of Gradient field)

Recording of the phase number in which the light barrier interruption occurred

Calculation of time from the start of the phase up to the light barrier interruption


Metabolic Treadmill for Mice and Rats

A Metabolic Treadmill for small laboratory animals is a fully computerized, electronically controlled system for exercise calorimetry or investigating the effectiveness of drugs or impaired motor coordination of the skeletal muscles. Available for mice and rats, it has one compartment, air-tight cover, and perforated lid for training purposes. The system comes as a stand-alone unit, which is connected to a respirometry system – a module of PhenoMaster.

On-demand, the floor grid can be equipped to apply an electric stimulus. 

The system runs according to a user-defined exercise protocol created with the help of user-friendly software. It allows a seamless integration of Stellar telemetry for various physiological data recordings at freely moving animals.


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