Environmental chambers

Biomedical Research Support

Devices for environmental control

FBE, Flinders Biomedical Engineering, have developed devices that are able to control enclosed environments.

Description of devices developed by BME

Temperature controlled environment

A thermally insulated chamber designed to take a rabbit cage.  The internal air temperature can be set by the user within the range 7°C to 40°C to enable experiments to be carried on animals at specific temperatures.

Oxygen environment chamber

A cabinet with blender and flowmeter to control the environment with oxygen levels from 21% to 100%.

Rodent exercise pool

Exercise pool to test rat activity. Features adjustable water flow up to 2m/s and gantry to hold harness. [BME1365]


Temperature controlled environment

Flammable sign for O2 environment

Rodent pool

Publications using BME developed devices

Temperature controlled environment

Ootsuka Y, Heidbreder CA, Hagan JJ, Blessing WW. Dopamine D2 receptor stimulation inhibits cold-initiated thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue in conscious rats. Neuroscience. 2007 Jun 15;147(1):127-35

Oxygen environment chamber

Tea M, Fogarty R, Brereton HM, Michael MZ, Van der Hoek MB, Tsykin A, Coster DJ, Williams KA. Gene expression microarray analysis of early oxygen-induced retinopathy in the rat. J Ocul Biol Dis Infor. 2009 Dec 12;2(4):190-201.

van Wijngaarden P, Brereton HM, Gibbins IL, Coster DJ, Williams KA. Kinetics of strain-dependent differential gene expression in oxygen-induced retinopathy in the rat. Exp Eye Res. 2007 Oct;85(4):508-17.

van Wijngaarden P, Brereton HM, Coster DJ, Williams KA. Genetic influences on susceptibility to oxygen-induced retinopathy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007 Apr;48(4):1761-6

van Wijngaarden P, Coster DJ, Brereton HM, Gibbins IL, Williams KA. Strain-dependent differences in oxygen-induced retinopathy in the inbred rat. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Apr;46(4):1445-52.

Impedance pneumograph, rat

Davidson KG, Bersten AD, Nicholas TE, Ravenscroft PR, Doyle IR. Measurement of tidal volume by using transthoracic impedance variations in rats. J Appl Physiol. 1999 Feb;86(2):759-6.