Core Facilities

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Core Facilities are multiuser, communal research laboratories that total an approximate 4470 sq. ft. of research space maintained by the department. These facilities are designed to aid and advance the research, in an efficient manner, of individual investigators. The underlying goals of the Core Facilities are to maximize research space, reduce instrumental redundancy, while providing centralized oversight for instrumental maintenance, validity and optimization. The Core Facilities provide these services at cost to the investigator.

Core Facility Equipment Definition

Core Equipment is found in one of the designated Core Facility rooms or a Primary Investigator’s laboratory. Core Equipment may be used by departmental and external researchers, once appropriately trained and authorized. The Core Equipment Definition attributes responsibilities on behalf of the Core Facilities, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and all Core Facility Users. These responsibilities are detailed within each Equipment / Facility SOP and corresponding policy. Equipment / Facility SOPs are issued by the Core Facility Committee and are biannually reviewed and contractually acknowledged by the Department and Facility Users. Core Facility Responsibilities include the following:

  • Posting of an SOP (paper and web-based)
  • Assignment of an Expert/Champion to that piece
  • Reservation of use through a calendar (paper or web-based)
  • Validation of use through a Logbook (all users must use)
  • Training of individuals on use of the machine by a core associate or by the Expert/Champion
  • Support for yearly/contract and/or maintenance of the machine/equipment
  • General upkeep and updating
  • Securing service if problems arise (e.g. broken parts)
  • Exploring the equipment to maximize its potential use/applications

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