Clinical Research Unit Core Laboratory

The Clinical Research Unit Core Laboratory is housed in the Asthma and Allergy Center at the Bayview Medical Campus. The Core also includes a Sample Processing Laboratory located in the Bayview CRU on the fourth floor of the 301 Building. Directed by Neal Fedarko, PhD, a professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, the laboratory offers 87 distinct assays of clinical chemical endpoints and biomarkers to support ICTR research protocols. It is designed to serve ICTR investigators at all CRU locations.

The ICTR CRU Core Laboratory supports ICTR-approved protocols by providing facilities, technical experience, and training for non-routine blood, saliva, CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), and urine biochemical analyses. The Core Laboratory is staffed by a director and three full-time technicians with the expertise to support investigators as they plan and implement their protocols.

The Core Laboratory provides standardized sample handling that upholds high quality control by, for example, minimizing freeze/thaw cycles. The high volume of assays processed in the lab supports reduced investigator cost through batch analysis of samples and direct manufacturer pricing. Quality control is maintained by including manufacturer’s’ controls as well as low, medium, and high value in-house controls in each assay. A listing of current assay costs, specimen volume requirements, and inter- and intra-assay coefficient of variance may be found below:

Click here for a downloadable list of available assays and costs.

 

Sample Processing Laboratory

The Sample Processing Laboratory provides specialized services associated with the routine inpatient and outpatient needs of the Bayview CRU. The lab provides onsite sample processing and point-of-care testing, including Clinitek status for HCG and urine dipstick, Accu-chek for glucose, Hemocue for hemoglobin, and hemoccult for fecal occult blood. It is equipped with a Beckman refrigerator centrifuge that rotates at speeds ranging from 1 to 8,000 rpm.