Posted on behalf of Dr. Phillip Lee and Leigh Walsh:
January 5, 2004
Dear Fellow Researcher:
The National Resource Center for Cephalopods (NRCC), based on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch, is a NIH National Center for Research Resources funded facility. The NRCC has a 20-year history of providing a broad range of cephalopod species for biomedical research. To assure year-round availability, several key species are cultured through the complete life cycle in our facility. The animals are maintained in closed recirculating sea water systems and provide excellent research models.
The NRCC provides live squid, cuttlefish, octopus and Nautilus as well as tissues and organ systems to researchers. The animals are laboratory reared and accustomed to being handled and observed. Live, healthy cephalopods are available year-round to both visiting scientists and those requiring the animals at their home facility. For visiting scientists, an array of flexible workspace is available including wet and dry laboratories, a 65 ft research vessel and two small workboats.
Several species of cephalopods are cultured at the NRCC. These species include Sepia officinalis, Sepia pharaonis, Sepioteuthis lessoniana, Octopus bimaculoides and Euprymna scolopes. Nautilus pompilius, Lolliguncula brevis and Octopus bimaculoides are field-collected species available year around. Other species of cephalopods are available upon request.
The NRCC ships animals via Federal Express Priority Mail Overnight Service in the continental United States and will coordinate with other carriers to provide animals and tissue internationally. For more information please visit our website at www.nrcc.utmb.edu or contact the NRCC Laboratory Manager, Leigh Walsh at (409) 747-0768 or via email at [email protected].
Dr. Phillip Lee
Director, National Resource Center for Cephalopods
The University of Texas Medical Branch