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RRRC at Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24)
 February 20, 2024
Stop by Booth 626 in the Exhibitor Hall at the Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24) in National Harbor/Washington DC Metro Area on March 6-10, 2024 to discuss how the RRRC can help facilitate your research.

GRCr8: A new rat reference assembly is now available.
 February 05, 2024
GRCr8 (GenBank NCBI # GCA_036323735.1) is the latest version of the rat reference genome assembly. See the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) blog for more details.
Happy World Rat Day!
 April 04, 2023
April 4, 2023 is World Rat Day!  The RRRC would like to acknowledge the important contributions to science and medicine made possible by the use of rats in biomedical research.
Exciting Job Opportunities
 April 03, 2023
The RRRC is looking to expand its team!  We have positions available in colony management, data curation, cryobiology, reproductive biology, and customer service.  We are also looking for individuals interested in post-doctoral training with both a service and research emphasis.  Interested in learning more?  Contact Dr. Elizabeth Bryda at

NIH Extrinsic Factors Workshop
 August 09, 2022

Enhance Rigor and Reproducibility in Animal Research by Managing Extrinsic Factors

When: September 23, 28, and 30, 2022

Venue: Zoom


The workshop will be a forum to discuss the current status of and needs for understanding extrinsic environmental factors; their potential impact on animal research outcomes; and how facilities may optimally manage, monitor, and report these extrinsic factors in an effort to enhance reproducibility and rigor in animal research. The focus of this workshop will be on identifying gaps, opportunities, and new approaches in husbandry of commonly and widely used animal models; relevant environmental factors and conditions; and the need for novel instruments, equipment, and infrastructure for animal research core facilities (e.g., modern design of research core facilities, high-throughput equipment, telemetry for behavioral research).

RRRC Donate Models

Process For Submission and Acceptance of Rats

1. Donating investigators should read and agree to the terms outlined in Terms and Conditions of Strain Submission.

2. Fill out the Application Form and submit it on-line. A completed Application Form will be generated from the information you provide. It will be displayed and a copy e-mailed to you.

3. The RRRC Application Review Committee will evaluate applications and issue decisions on submitted strains. You will be notified by e-mail of the status of your strain submission within 30 days of completion of your Strain Submission Application.

4. If your strain is accepted, you will be asked to complete or provide the following:
  • MTA form
  • Breeding and Husbandry Form
  • Send genotyping protocol
  • Send phenotyping protocol if gene mutation is unknown
  • Register your strain with the Rat Genome Database (RGD)  

5. After the strain profile information is reviewed and accepted, you will be contacted by RRRC staff to discuss and coordinate the final steps involving shipping of the animals to the RRRC. At that time, you will be asked to:
  • Submit a recent Health Status Report
  • Provide RRRC Project manager with details about rats/materials available for transfer to the RRRC

6. You will work with RRRC staff to arrange shipping of animals/materials to the RRRC.  Please note that while our staff will work with you to coordinate the shipping arrangements, it is the responsibility of the donating investigator to contract an appropriate courier and cover the costs associated with shipping animals/materials to the RRRC.