March 2013

Clinical and Translational Research Center Offering New Services

Comprising ten core facilities, the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) provides the resources, environment, operations, and training to support and promote the highest quality clinical and translational research by qualified investigators.

The CTRC is pleased to announce that an Ophthalmology Core (OC) has been established to provide clinical and translational research services in ophthalmology for the assessment of visual function and structure. Services provided by OC include:

  • Eye exams (includes visual, recognition and grating acuity; anterior segment, fundus exam, refraction)
    • Contrast sensitivity
    • Color vision testing
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) tests of the:
    • Anterior segment
    • Posterior segment – optic nerve
    • Posterior segment – retina
  • Visual field measures:
    • Using Humphrey
    • Using Goldman
  • Full field sensitivity testing
  • Electroretinography
  • Visual evoked potential
  • Fundus photography
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Professional interpretation of all tests is also available

Professional interpretation of all tests provided by the OC is also available.

For more information about the OC, please contact Graham Quinn, M.D., core director, at 215-590-4594, or via email at Quinn@email.chop.edu.

In addition, the Translational Core Lab (TCL) of the CTRC is pleased to announce the availability of chemistry analysis testing on our recently purchased Vitros® 350 chemistry analyzer. Basic and full metabolic panels, as well as individual chemistry tests, are available. This new service will provide research quality testing with competitive pricing.

The machine uses a dry microslide technology for measuring analytes in serum, plasma, and urine. The Vitros system is currently also used by the clinical lab, and they are extremely satisfied with the system’s performance and ease of use. CTRC samples can be batched for efficiency, or run within 3 days of sample collection. The following assays are now available:

  • Alanine aminotransferase
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Aspartate aminotransferase
  • Calcium
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Chloride
  • Creatinine
  • Glucose
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Total bilirubin
  • Total protein
  • BUN

The analyzer is also capable of running chemistries on animal samples, a capability the TCL is working to develop.

To learn more about the Translational Core Lab, contact Gloria Shen, M.S., TCL scientific staff, at 215-590-1537 or via email at shen@email.chop.edu; or David Stokes, Ph.D., TCL technical director, at 215-590-4752 or via email at stokesdg@email.chop.edu.

All CTRC services need the approval of the CTRC Resource Committee. For more information, please contact Ronnie Kain, CTRC administrative director, at 215-590-2215 or via email at kainv@email.chop.edu.

For more information about the CTRC, visit the CTRC Intranet page.

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