The Clinical Laboratory Services Core works with investigators from NIDDK’s Clinical Research Program. We provide high-quality and inexpensive laboratory analyses. We also develop and validate new assays. These assays measure many different biomarkers and support a wide range of clinical studies. We work with investigators to establish a fee structure for services. The lab charges for the cost of supplies only. We reduce the cost of assays through central and bulk purchasing. These practices reduce costs for investigators. The lab also tailors assays. This saves on sample volume and ensures cost effectiveness.
The facility also provides simple access to human samples. The lab acquires, processes, tracks, and stores samples to meet current legislation. We prepare blood samples to achieve low degradation levels. The lab processes samples quickly to ensure thermal preservation. We track samples using a customized, web-based database. This database provides quick and accurate accounting.