Core Lab Policies
All procedures done in the Core Lab must be in full compliance with UNC IACUC standards and regulations, and fully described in IACUC-approved protocols. The majority of established models offered by the Core are within approved IACUC protocols of the Core staff. New procedures will require approval of new protocols or amendments to existing protocols.
The Core Lab is primarily a service facility designed to benefit UNC investigators by providing efficient, quality-control surgical activities. Many of these procedures take time, effort, and expertise to acquire consistent reproducible results; Core Lab staff members have the experience and expertise to provide data consistency and reproducibility. The Core seeks to work with investigators to constantly improve quality and outcome of generated data. For results not completely generated by the Core (e.g., work-up of harvested tissues in PI labs), the Core requests data sharing of the surgery-associated data when these findings are to be published; these data will be used by the Core as ongoing feedback on quality and consistency of the Core-offered surgical models.
With regard to teaching the techniques of surgical procedures done in the Core Lab, such training will be provided to students and post-doctoral fellows, as part of their general research education and to confer an understanding of the surgical models used in research studies. The Core asks that investigators not use such training to transfer techniques to PI labs, as this is detrimental to the nature of the Core, as a service supported by PI labs and dependent upon investigator use of the Core for generating and providing the surgical models.
The Core Lab is seeking extramural support as a Core Facility at UNC. To this end, it is requested of users that when manuscripts are submitted for publication in which data were generated in part from Core activities, that the Core Lab is cited in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. This citation will promote the Core, increasing its visibility and promoting the likelihood of extramural support of the Core Lab and which would be passed on to investigators as a net decrease or possible elimination of service costs in the future, a clear benefit to all Core users.