Core Research Facilities
Core research facilities available to researchers within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry include:
The 3T MRI Core Facility is a unique regional resource for state-of-the-art evaluation using a variety of MRI techniques in a research setting. The Facility is used primarily for in-vivo studies of human and animal structure and function in the areas of respiratory, cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuro. The HeliSpin™ core facility processes helium-3, an investigational tracer gas used for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lungs which is not possible with conventional (proton) MR imaging.
Supplies brain tumour tissues to researchers across Canada and all over the world.
The Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping utilizes state-of-the-art 3T whole-body, 7T head and 31 cm 9.4T horizontal MR imaging systems to investigate in-vivo studies of brain structure and function.
CSTAR provides access to world-class acute and chronic laboratory facilities that support preclinical testing and validation of emergent medical device technologies.
In combination with the PET/CT, PET/MRI, preclinical PET imaging scanners, the cyclotron facility at the Lawson Health Research Institute will be available to support a wide variety of research projects including PET imaging applied to oncology, cardiology, neurology, psychology, bioelectromagnetics, and other areas.
Laboratory provides standardized routine histology, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry for various species such as monkey, baboon, pig, dog and rodents at the light microscopic or at the ultra structural level, in situ hybridization, apoptosis and morphometric analysis. This facility also provides interpretation with regards to histopathological changes.
Our Olympus IX81 fluorescent microscope system with a Coolsnap HQ2 photometrics camera is capable of acquiring multiple fluorescent and white light (DIC) images simultaneously.
Imaging facilities at Lawson include:
- 2 Tesla MRI/MRS
- 3 Tesla MRI/MRS
- Bioelectromagnetics Facilities
- Optical Imaging
- Nuclear Medicine
- 1.5 Tesla MRI
The Imaging Research Laboratories at Robarts focus on the discovery and development of innovative imaging techniques and instrumentation to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases including cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic disease, schizophrenia and other brain disorders. Using x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI, the group is the largest in the Institute, conducting research across nine broad themes:
- basic imaging science & engineering
- brain and mind imaging & spectroscopy
- cancer imaging
- cardiovascular imaging
- Clinical Imaging Research Laboratories
- image-guided surgery & therapy
- molecular, cellular and micro-imaging
- musculoskeletal imaging
- respiratory imaging
A versatile, fully-staffed clinical trials facility established by the Lawson Health Research Institute provides increased clinical trials capacity to investigators from London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London and community physicians and dentists.
LHSC Sleep Laboratory and Sleep Clinic
The laboratory and clinic focus on the diagnosis and treatment of adults with sleep disorders, and on clinical research. State of the art, computerized polysomnographic hardware and software are used for the diagnosis of sleep disorders.
The facility provides state-of-the-art services on a fee-for-service/cost recovery basis and offers Affymetrix GeneChip technologies and Next Generation Sequencing on the Ion Torrent PGM and Illumina MiSeq platforms. Data analysis software, training and services are also available.
London Regional Cell and In Vitro Molecular Imaging Facility
This facility centralizes management of confocal infrastructure available to researchers within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The facility provides equitable access to high quality confocal infrastructure located at the Robarts Research Institute and in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
The LR-FCF provides technical and physical support for scientists wishing to utilize flow cytometry analysis and or cell sorting as part of their research. Users are able to utilize the LR-FCF for a wide variety of flow cytometry techniques, including cell sorting, immunophenotyping, cell cycle analysis, cell proliferation, gene transfer (efficacy and tracking), cell death (i.e. apoptosis), cell kinetics, activation states, redox states, chromosome analysis, and cytokine detection among others.
The LRPC comprises 6 core facilities to to fulfill research needs in the area of proteomics, protein structure and protein function:
- Biological Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
- Biomolecular Interactions and Conformations Facility
- Biomolecular NMR Facility
- Functional Proteomics Facility
- Macromolecular Crystallography Facility
- MALDI Mass Spectrometry Facility
The TGT Facility provides services including:purification of DNA fragments for microinjection; generation of founder transgenic mice; gene targeting services; embryo cryopreservation and rederivation by embryo transfer.
Multi-slice CT scanner
Perfusion and transcapillary permeability imaging in animal models and human studies.
The Molecular Pathology Core Facility entails a full spectrum of state-of-art histopathology equipment and expertise. The facility enables investigators to study fresh, frozen, or paraffin-processed tissues and analyze sections using various histological stains and molecular probes. In addition, micro-isolation of discrete cells within tissue sections can be accomplished using laser capture microscopy.
Near Infra-red Spectroscopy
Cerebral blood flow measurement in small animals and neonates.
Cryo-sectioning Laboratory - provides infrastructure and training for cryo-sectioning
Microscopic Image Analysis Facility - provides infrastructure and training for light and fluorescence microscopy and image analysis.
Real Time PCR Facility - Provides access to rapid real time PCR equipment [lightcyclerTM].
Peptide Synthesis Facility
Preparation of highly purified synthetic peptides of ~3-35 amino acids in length. Scale: 10 mg to 500 mg. Synthetic peptides for structural studies and antibodies production.
Robarts Clinical Trials
Robarts Clinical Trials is a centre of academic excellence for clinical research and a contract research organization with proven expertise in conducting multi-centre clinical trials.
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Imaging Facility
The facility offers users access to well-equipped confocal/digital imaging facilities.
Services include screening tests to evaluate cellular responses in various clinical settings, including autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders/conditions, and drug reactions.
The CIHR Group in Skeletal Development and Remodeling operates a suite of core facilities including a Microscopy and Imaging Core Facility, Wide-field Optical and Fluorescence Imaging Systems, and a Gene Expression Core Facility.
The Centre promotes knowledge and scientific development by improving communication between the clinic and laboratory. The TRC mandate includes supporting researchers with their studies by providing bioethics support and assisting in the procurement of patient tissue specimens with correlative clinical data.
Transmission Electron Microscopy Facility
The facility provides materials for negative staining and thin sectioning techniques of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as well as immunoelectron microscopy. Specimen preparation equipment includes embedding chemicals and equipment, ultramicrotomes, and a carbon-coater for electron microscopy grids.
Victoria Research Laboratory Confocal Microscope Core Facility
This facility comprises a high performance computing facility optimized for simulation and visualization of procedures involved in image-guided surgery and therapy. It houses a range of visualization, haptic and tracking systems as well as 2D and 3D