BIOSEB Treadmills are rolling belts with an adjustable speed and slope, enabling forced exercise training and accurate testing of fatigue in rodents.
Basically, BIOSEB Treadmill apparatus consists of a rolling belt with adjustable speed (up to 150 cm/s) and slope (from -25 to 25 degrees) and a control Unit. The rolling belt is built with especially selected materials to guarantee the best performance under conditions of intensive use and the minimum operations of maintenance, as well as simplicity in keeping it clean. The lanes (corridors of activity for the animal) have sufficient width for the subject to correct its errors in coordination, thereby allowing an exact measurement of the fatigue without deficiencies in motor coordination.
Treadmill control unit
Now with a touchscreen interface!
from one to five lanes, for mice, for rats or for rabbits
The unit controls the speed of the belt, shows measured data in its display, provides current to the shocking grid and allows communication with the PC for data storage, via the RS232 output and SeDaCom software (not included). The new SEDACOM 2.0 version provides an easy and convenient way to visualize and export the data on a computer for further analysis. Belt velocity can also be controlled by the software. Parameters measured in a trial are: belt speed and slope, distance travelled, shock time, and shock intensity.
The electrical shock supplied by the grid is of constant intensity (from 0 to 2 mA), that is, the current which circulates through the animal (and therefore its effect) only depends on the value of the mA chosen and not of the subject (quantity of body mass in contact with the bars, perspiration, etc.).
An air-puff accessory option (air source not included) is interchangeable with shock, enabling the use of one or the other depending on experimental needs.
The brand new control unit’s touchscreen allows control of the speed of the belt and the intensity of the stimulus.