MRI Core Facilities

  • The facility provides investigators with the expertise and equipment to perform behavioural assessments. We have the capacity to perform behavioural phenotyping of transgenic lines and also assess novel therapeutics using a wide variety of behavioural assays and we can offer advice and expertise in experimental design, execution, data analysis and interpretation ensuring that each project is tailored to the specific research requirements of the user. The facility is available to university staff and students as well as external commercial and non-commercial users.

  • The Biomarker and Drug Analysis Core Facility provides services in the analysis of soluble biomarkers, drug compounds and metabolites.

  • The Clinical Research Imaging Facility (CRIF) hosts state of the art PET/CT and 3T MRI scanners that are both staffed by trained NHS personnel. The area also includes space for radio-pharmaceutical preparation, patient changing areas and a dedicated image analysis area.

  • DEBU is a group of biostatisticians and epidemiologists and can provide collaborative advice on appropriate trial or observational study design; sample size / power estimation; development of statistical analysis plan; statistical analysis; reporting of results in appropriate plots and tables and collaborative input to final reports and peer-reviewed papers

  • Flow cytometry is a widely employed tool in biomedical research. The purpose of this core facility is to support and promote its use in a wide variety of applications. We offer multiuser bench top flow cytometers. In addition, we offer staff and student teaching and advice for the planning and analysis of experiments and projects.

  • HIC Services supports high impact research through the collection & management of high quality data and operates a secure Safe Haven environment with strong data governance for the provisioning of data to academics and other users to improve healthcare and population health. HIC Services develops bespoke software to support secure data collection, provides recruitment support for clinical trials & manages a data entry service.

  • This facility handles, processes and analyses blood samples for biomarkers using various immunoassay techniques. This includes radio-immunoassay (RIA), enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) and multiplex assays (Luminex Bio-plex 200 platform and Meso Scale Discovery Quickplex SQ120). 

  • Light Microscopy is a widely used tool to visualise and quantify cellular behaviour and structure. The light microscopy facility offers a range of light microscope systems, each one with different capabilities so that a range techniques can be employed. 

  • The Tayside Bioresource is a portfolio of individual studies that have been recruiting participants from Tayside to genetic research since 1997. As of January 2012, 40,000 individuals (10% of total Tayside population), have been recruited to these research studies & their DNA has been donated for future research, with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia.

  • The Genetics Core Services Unit provides genetic analysis services including DNA Sequencing, Fragment Analysis, Real Time PCR and DNA/RNA/Protein Analysis.

  • Tayside Tissue Bank is a secure bio-repository that collects samples of surplus tissue and other specimens donated by consenting patients who have undergone surgery or other medical procedure during the course of their investigations and treatment. Such samples are vital for medical researchers seeking to improve the detection and treatment of many different diseases, as well as advance our understanding of how and why they arise. The Bank also has a role in the governance and research use of human tissue within Tayside, including material held in the NHS Pathology archive.