The Crimson Core provides samples for a variety of clinical and research needs.
Prospective Sample Collection: Queries may be designed to identify discarded samples from the Clinical Laboratories that meet specific requirements.
To initiate prospective collections:
- Submit a Crimson Request Form.
- Discuss needs with core staff who will indicate documentation needed and how to optimally design queries to find appropriate samples.
Clinical Trials and Research Sample Processing: The core handles consented patient samples for processing, storage or shipment.
- Dedicated staff to handle research processing.
- Access to 24×7 processing for handling that meets requirements for offshift processing.
- Ability to ship to external locations as defined in a study’s IRB protocol, or store samples onsite for study-specific repositories.
To request sample processing services, the following are needed:
- IRB, IACUC (if animals) or Biosafety protocol under which materials are or will be collected.
- Any sponsor documentation for processing.
- Submit the Crimson Request Form.
- Core staff will follow-up to discuss, and coordinate needs for sample collection and handling.
Open Banks: Local investigators may access materials in repositories maintained by the Core.
The core maintains the following open banks:
- Microbial Isolates: From clinical microbiology testing and the core’s strain bank
- ‘Normal’ serum and plasma
- CLIA validation sets: Sets of samples meeting parameters for defined values from CLIA testing.
- Apheresis Leukoreduction Collars: byproduct of platelet donation that provides high numbers of viable white blood cells (WBCs).
To request materials from open banks:
- Submit the Crimson Request form.
- Bank staff will contact you regarding your request and documentation that will be needed.