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Core Facilities – Academic Health Center

Both UC and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center house numerous core facilities where services are provided at a reduced cost for UC researchers. View the Academic Health Center Facilities. 

The UC College of Medicine houses a number of core facilities designated as core service centers for use by the research community. The service center designation signifies that the rates charged by each of these facilities have been reviewed and approved by the UC government cost compliance office, thus the service fees can be cross-charged to grants and contracts. View the College of Medicine Facilities.

Genomics, Epigenomics And Sequencing Core

GESC is a fee-for-service, one-stop core facility that provides genomics- and epigenomics-related services to researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It also provides services to other institutions and organizations on contract bases.

University Of Cincinnati Mass Spectrometry Facility

Mass Spectrometry Facility is dedicated to inorganic, organic and biological mass spectrometry analyses. View protocols for purified proteins.


Other Support Services

Researcher’s Gateway

The Researcher’s Gateway at UC is a secure, password-­protected portal for faculty to access specific information regarding research at UC. This is separate from public accessible information available through the UC Research website.


Compliance And Regulatory Affairs

The mission of the UC Office of Research Integrity is to provide services to ensure compliance while facilitating research. Office of Research Integrity provides services in the following areas:

  • Animal Care and Use
  • Biosafety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Human Subjects Research


Animal Care

The UC Institution Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee that oversees and evaluates all animal use in research and/or teaching, as well as all animal facilities. All faculty who plan to submit a new application for animal use or a revised application containing new species or techniques should meet with the administrator of IACUC to go over the application. To maintain AAALAC accreditation and maintain federal funding, all investigators must be compliant with the most recent edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Regulatory mandates, IACUC policies, Training, Instructions, and Forms can be found at the IACUC website.


Laboratory Animal Medical Services (Lams) Operates All Animal Facilities On The UC Campuses.

Animal use and key card access to vivaria require:

  1. An approved animal use protocol
  2. Appropriate training, including IACUC training and facility training



The UC Biosafety Office assures compliance with regulations pertaining to the possession, use and disposal of all bio hazardous agents. These include select agents and toxins, recombinant DNA, viral constructs, etc. Also included are any human-­derived materials. 


Radiation Safety

The UC Radiation Safety Office (RSO) oversees the purchase, use and disposal of all radioactive materials (RAM) and radiation-­generating equipment on the campuses of UC, Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital, and Hoxworth Blood Center. The UC Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must review and approve all activities involving the use of RAM and radiation-­generating equipment. 


Human Subjects Research

All human subjects research is conducted according to Federal-­wide Assurance (FWA), unless exempt. FWA requires review and approval of such research by an IRB.

As described in Human Research Protection Policy III.01 REVIEW BY THE INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OF HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH, in order to approve human subjects’ research, the IRB shall determine that "Scientific or Scholarly Review by qualified individuals(s) has demonstrated that (a) the research uses procedures which are consistent with sound research design; (b) the research design is likely to answer the proposed scientific questions, and (3) the importance of the knowledge expected to result justifies approval of the research. Such review shall be certified by the academic department chair or responsible administrator."

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