MouseTRAP: Mouse Translational Research Accelerator Platform
Jacqueline Sullivan and colleagues from Western University have published a recent commentary in Genes, Brains, and Behavior highlighting the Mouse Translational Research Accelerator Platform (MouseTRAP).
MouseTRAP is a platform of touchscreen cognition tasks plus websites for data sharing that allows for improved rodent cognitive testing, standardization of rodent research practices, and increased data sharing in the field of rodent behavioral research. These features address persisting constraints in this field of research and therefore provide an exceptional opportunity to improve overall validity of rodent research as well as improve translation from rodent models to human studies.
The MouseTRAP touchscreen/touchscreen tasks are automated, computerized, and offer 20 different tasks to test high-level cognitive processes in mice. Sullivan and colleagues created two publicly-available websites (Touch Screen Cognition and Mouse Bytes) containing training videos, discussion forums, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and a repository of mouse cognitive data to encourage data sharing between researchers.
This research tool was created by your colleagues. Please acknowledge the Principal Investigator, cite the article in which the tool was described, and include an RRID in the Materials and Methods of your future publications. Touchscreen Cognition RRID:SCR_021550; Mousebytes RRID:SCR_017904
Special thanks to Anika Holton, an undergraduate neuroscience major, for providing this project summary! This summary is part of a collection from students in a Computational Methods for Neuroscience Course at American University.