Mouse Home Cage Programmable Food Access Controller

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Amber Southwell, Ph.D.
Casey Guerin Hart
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PCT Patent Application Filed

Key Points

  • Device capable of automatically controlling food access to single- or group-housed mice based on adjustable time intervals
  • Designed to maintain accurate intervals regardless of how many cages are set up
  • Operates within the empty food hopper and does not interfere with the existing cage lid or rack


The University of Central Florida invention relates to an automated food access control device that can be used with standard laboratory mice cages. The device consists of a microcontroller, a servomotor, and a moveable food hopper.