This facility handles, processes and analyses blood samples for biomarkers using various immunoassay techniques.

This includes enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA), high sensitivity single molecule bead-based assay (Quanterix SIMOA HD-1 analyser), radio-immunoassay (RIA), multiplex assays (Luminex Bio-plex 200 platform and Meso Scale Discovery Quickplex SQ120) plus using clinical chemistry analysers (Randox Daytona +).

Capabilities 

Expertise

  • Senior staff members each have over 25 years experience 
  • All staff have current Good Clinical Practice certificates (GCP)
  • All staff attend both GLP and GCLP training courses

Help and advice

  • Selection and performance of immunaoassays
  • Sample processing, handling, reformatting, storage and logistics

Services

  • Full service to measure samples
  • Or provide training on using instruments thereafter (only usage charges applied)

Equipment & Facilities

We are the only Scottish university to have "the world's most sensitive, fully automated immunoassay HD-1 platform with multiplexing and custom assay capability"

 

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Sample processing and sample handling

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We have extensive knowledge on the importance of handling blood samples from the choice of blood collection tubes to accurate specimen aliquoting to ensure an acceptable level of quality in these samples and to enhance the reproducibility and comparability of test results derived from these specimens.

We understand that proper sample collection and handling (Pre-analytical Phase) is an integral part of obtaining a valid and timely laboratory test result. 

Sample storage

We have experience in the optimal storage of samples (4°C, -20°C, and 80°C short-term storage available). All are connected to a text alert alarm system, which is monitored continuously with the temperature data logged. Sample management and tracking is available using 2D data-matrix (single or 96 well format) or barcode scanner and tracking details and sample ID saved onto excel spread sheet format.

Sample logistics

We have experience in the transfer of biological samples from one location to another. For example, we can arrange for frozen samples to be sent or received (nationally or internationally) by us on your behalf or we can organise the fresh clinical samples to be posted in specialised pre- paid postal boxes to us for sample processing and assaying.

Frozen “Mother” samples can defrosted and then transferred into multiple “daughter” samples of various volumes for analysis in Dundee or shipped. Different “daughter” sample formats (tubes, plates) can be accommodated.

For example frozen samples can be sent or received (nationally or internationally) by us on your behalf or we can organise the fresh clinical samples to be posted in specialised pre- paid postal boxes to us for sample processing and assaying.

Address

Mail Box 1, School of Medicine
Ninewells Hospital
Dundee
DD1 9SY
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Enquiries

Dr Gwen Kennedy
 +44 (0)1382 383048
 g.y.kennedy@dundee.ac.uk

Lesley McFarlane
 +44 (0)1382 383114
 l.c.mcfarlane@dundee.ac.uk