The Research Animal Resource Center was founded to support the use of laboratory animals necessary for R&D into brain science and various diseases. It is composed of the Laboratory Animal Center and the Virus Center, and it oversees the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as well as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
Previously, the Laboratory Animal Center fell under the Center for Neuroscience and later the Brain Science Institute before, in May 2015, expanding and being reorganized into its current form. It currently operates a specialized, pathogen-free animal lab as well as a general lab with soundproof facilities.
The Virus Center harvests viruses for controlling or tracking gene expression in animals.
The IACUC and the IBC are responsible for educating researchers on animal experiment ethics, biosafety, and other related matters.