Policies

Access to Equipment

In order to access the instruments all users must be registered with the Research Resources Center, and have an active RRC Account Number (RRCAN) tied to a funding source.  This is mandatory to have access to the core.  Not all equipment is available for unassisted use by researchers.

Training

All users new to the core that wish to use core equipment must be trained before they are allowed to schedule time on the instruments. The specific training needed, charges and time requirements vary by the instrument and are described below. Core staff will determine if at the end of training sessions users are ready to use equipment on their own.

Paraffin Microtomes

For training on the microtome, users need to contact Manny Alonso at 312-996-3869 or alonsoe@uic.edu. Training to use the paraffin microtome usually takes 1 hour to complete. Users need to bring the following materials: pen and paper for note taking, low profile microtome blades, paraffin blocks to section, positively charged slides and slide boxes. This material can be provided by the RHTIC at a charge.

Vacutome Cryostat

For training on the cryostat, users need to contact contact Manny Alonso at 312-996-3869 or alonsoe@uic.edu. Training to use the vacutome cryostat usually takes 1 hour to complete. Users need to bring the following materials: pen and paper for note taking, low profile microtome blades, OCT embedded tissues to section, positively charged slides and slide boxes. This material can be provided by the RHTIC at a charge.

AMG Evos FL

For training on the AMG Evos FL microscope, users need to contact Ryan Deaton at rdeaton@uic.edu or 312-355-4338. Users should plan for the training session to take 30 minutes. Please bring a slide and USB media to store images to the training.

Laser Capture Microdissection

For training on the LCM, users need to contact Dr. Virgilia Macias at vmacias@uic.edu. Training usually takes 2-4 hours and requires sections on membrane slides stained with toluidine blue.

PerkinElmer Vectra 3

For training on the PerkinElmer Vectra 3 contact Ryan Deaton at rdeaton@uic.edu or 312-355-4338.  Training time depends on the application and can vary from 1 to 6 hours.

Leica Laser Capture Microdissection

For training on the LCM contact Virgilia Macias, MD at 312-996-7559.

Reservations, Cancellations and After Hours Use

In order to schedule time on facility equipment, users must create an account in UICore and have completed training.  The maximum and minimum time that you can schedule depends on the instrument. Please avoid signing up for all available time on an instrument for multiple days in a row. If you have such a need please consult with facility staff to ensure that your use does not negatively impact other users.  If you wish to cancel a reservation you need to do so a minimum of 24 hours in advance in order to allow others time to use the instrument. If you fail to cancel a reservation you will be charged the full rate for the time you reserved.  Off hour use of some instruments is available for expert users. This is determined on a case by case basis. All instrument time is charged at the full rate.

Data Storage

Long term data storage is the responsibility of the user in all cases except when you have purchased image and data storage services.  After a project is complete you will receive an email asking you to come to the core and pick up your images and data.  You have 30 days from this time to acquire your images and data.  For Evos images you are expected to take your image files with you at the end of the session.

Acknowledgement of Use of Core

All core users are required to acknowledge the use of the core in all published articles that utilize material created in the core. An example of an appropriate acknowledgement may be: “Histology/LCM/Tissue micro-array/Imaging services were provided by the Research Resources Center – Research Histology and Tissue Imaging Core at the University of Illinois at Chicago established with the support of the Vice Chancellor of Research.” If a staff member contributed significantly to the publication appropriate authorship should be designated.