CCVR Physiology Core Labs

The CCVR Physiology core facility is a pay-for-service entity that provides advanced surgical and functional assessment services to create and evaluate rodent models of cardiovascular disease. The CCVR Physiology core is administered by the University's Research Resources Center (RRC) and is located within its Biological Resources Laboratory. Please visit our RRC website to find out more about our services, the state-of-the-art equipment we utilize, our fee structures and user policies. To initiate a core-assisted service, please fill out and return a request for services form.

NOTE: All work conducted within the CCVR Physiology core facility, whether core-assisted or unassisted, is contingent upon prior approval of the PI's Animal Use Protocol by the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Surgical Services

  • Transverse Aortic Banding
  • Coronary Artery Ligation
  • Subcutaneous Osmotic Pump Implantation

Functional Assessment Services (click for parameters provided)

Other Services (Dr. Ahlke Heydemann)

  • Treadmill
  • Ex vivo muscle contraction system (papillary muscle function)
  • Plethysmography device (respiratory function)

Please contact Dr. Ahlke Heydemann (312-355-0259 or for "Other Services"

Contact Information
Jiwang Chen, PhD, email:
Office: 312-355-1470

CCVR Core Facility Fees

Echocardiogram (unassisted)				$50/hr 
Echocardiogram (assisted)				$80/mouse 
ECGenie (unassisted)					$10/hour 
TAC surgery						$160/mouse 
Coronary artery ligation				$200/mouse 
Osmotic pump implant					$30/mouse 
-	NOTE: PI provides the osmotic pump
LV Pressure in vivo hemodynamics			$100/mouse 
LV Press & Volume in vivo hemodynamics			$200/mouse 
Drug injections (Press)					$25/injection 
Drug injections (PV)					$50/injection 
Consultation						$50/hour 
Training (echocardiogram)				$120/hour 

High-volume discounts 
CCVR faculty members whose department participates in shared ICR with the CCVR 
are entitled to the following high-volume discount within the fiscal year 
(July 1 - June 30): After $5000, 50% off all core-assisted services.

Please note that volume discounts for CCVR faculty apply to only core-assisted 
services and do not include self-directed (i.e., unassisted) services.