ZEN Animal Facility & Lab

The ZEN Animal Facility & Lab is part of the Experimental Neurology Center that was founded in 2013 with the ambitious goal of bridging basic research in neuroscience with clinical research within the Department of Neurology at Inselspital, University Hospital Bern. The geographical proximity on the Inselspital campus was pivotal in this effort, fostering multiple cutting edge research collaborations within and outside the Department.

The ZEN offers state-of-the-art laboratories for systems neuroscience, as well as molecular and cellular neurobiology. The ZEN hosts a large animal facility for animal housing, animal neurosurgery, chronic freely-moving recordings, behavioral phenotyping, in vitro/vivo electrophysiology and optical technologies (optogenetics, fiber photometry, miniscopes, 2-Photon microscopy) as well as structural microscopy.