CENTER OF FACILITIES AND SUPPORT TO RESEARCH
ICB has a Central Vivarium and several departmental Vivariums. The main purpose of the Central Vivarium is to breed rats (Rattus norvergicus) for research and to a lesser extent, for teaching.
This Vivarium has an average annual production of 18,000 animals and for this purpose relies on a team of 10 people, ranging from assistants to senior technicians. These are constantly enrolled in refresher courses held by the actual Institute or by other institutions.
Besides the production of rats, this Vivarium organizes the purchase and distribution of animal feed and wood shavings for the experimentation vivariums of this Institute, and counsels researchers on the purchase, handling, health control and maintenance of vivarium animals.
In 2002 the Central Vivarium implemented an Animal Health Control Laboratory that applies bacteriological and parasitological controls.
The Vivarium of Isogenic Mice of the Department of Immunology of ICB/USP has existed since 1984. In this Vivarium the department breeds mice of isogenic strains under Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) conditions. The production of mice is essentially intended to serve the purposes of researchers from the Department of Immunology and other researchers of ICB/USP. In addition, it provides breeding females and animals for experimentation to other Universities or Research Institutions from all over the country.
There are several maintenance and experimentation Vivariums in the various Departments that satisfy the specific needs of the researchers. A wide variety of animals are bred, including mice, pigeons, mosquitoes and other insects.
LIBRARY AND BIOMEDICAL INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Located in Biomedical Building I, on the 1st floor, unique to ICB, open to the public in general with free access for reference, it provides:
The entire network is connected to USPnet and to SIBiNet (USP Integrated Library System Network), with access to:
Besides offering virtual access to the system, it integrates the national and international bibliographic commutation networks, enabling users to search for documents by means of interlibrary loan. Starting in February 2011, it began to operate the “Unified Lending System of USP’s Libraries”, serving the entire community of students, professors and employees of the University.