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Policies, Procedures, and Equipment

All Principal Investigators, fellows and students who are interested in collaborating with the Cancer Control & Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory are required to follow the guidelines of the University of Rochester’s Research Subject Review Board (RSRB) or University Committee on Animal Resources (UCAR).

If you are interested in collaborating with the lab and using resources of the lab:

1. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Janelsins and appropriate laboratory staff to discuss projects and needs, and get study approval.

2. Complete all laboratory based training before beginning any work within the laboratory can be done. (Any PI and any of the PI’s staff who will be working in the lab needs to complete the following as applicable to their research):

  1. Laboratory Safety Training by laboratory staff:
  2. Certification for Greater Than Minimal Risk Biomedical Research
    http://www.rochester.edu/ohsp/education/certification/initialCertification.html
  3. EH&S Biological/Chemical/Animal Training:
    http://www.safety.rochester.edu/ih/ihlabhome.html
  4. Phlebotomists and Clinical Study Coordinators Training:
    http://www.safety.rochester.edu/ih/ihlabhome.html
  5. HIPAA Privacy and Security Training:
    http://sites.mc.rochester.edu/departments/hipaa/training-education/
  6. Hazard Communication and Global Harmonization Training: http://www.safety.rochester.edu/ih/hazcom/hazcomghs.html
  7. UCAR Training (consult UCAR office)

3. Secure all University of Rochester approvals (RSRB, UCAR, IBC, etc.) before beginning any work within the laboratory. Copies must be provided prior to initiating any work in the lab.

Main Equipment and Collaborations

We use multiple approaches to assessing biological outcomes (e.g. inflammation, adaptive immunity, angiogenesis, neurological function, metabolism, mitochondrial function) in various cancer populations and their caregivers. We routinely utilize ELISA, Luminex and other related assays based on standard operating procedures on clinical research samples (e.g. serum, plasma, DNA, RNA, saliva, tissue biopsies) in various cancer populations and their caregivers. The CCPL also assists investigators in the interpretation of assay results and provides assistance with interpreting biological outcomes in the context of psychological, clinical and biological outcomes, as well as moderation and mediation analyses, and correlative studies. Research supported by the lab include: mouse- to-human translation studies, pilot projects, Phase I-III randomized clinical trials, basic science modeling, and longitudinal epidemiological studies. The lab is located on the second floor at URMC within the Department of Surgery.