September 2, 2020
TO: Archival Users
RE: Delays in Block Retrieval
There has been numerous complaints about the delays in turnaround times for archival requests. We want you to know that the RHCL is doing it’s very best to complete your orders as fast as it is possible. The archival process that we follow is that of the Pathology department and involves two other entities, the pathology file room (PFR) and the tissue qualification laboratory (TQL). After speaking with the supervisors of both places about your concerns I was made aware of the problems they were experiencing being short staffed and overwhelmed with work. Iron Mountain the block storage facility is also short staffed and deliveries of blocks are taking longer to get to the PFR. All of the previously mentioned issues are the cause of the delays we have in completing archival request. There were no guarantees that things will get better any time soon. We understand the time restraints you are under and will continue to do our best to complete your orders. We ask for your patience and understanding in this matter.
The RHCL Team
The Research Histology Core Laboratory (RHCL) was created to support basic and clinical research, allowing researchers to utilize their grant funds on their projects and thus eliminate the expense of hiring technical personnel or purchasing costly instruments. The RHCL provides histological and molecular expertise, technical support and consultation to research investigators, which in turn produces positive outcomes for their research protocols. Learn more about the RHCL.
All users can request RHCL services through iLab (Sign in or register).
Internal first-time users will need the following information:
- Principal Investigator's Name
- Valid Chartfield String (notify your financial manager for access)
External first-time users will need the following information:
- Principal Investigator's Name
- Billing Contact and information
- Contact the lab for a quote
As part of the Tissue Biospecimen and Pathology Resource (TBPR) the RHCL is a long-standing and highly functional CCSG-supported shared resource. As an advanced research histology core facility, the RHCL supports the entire spectrum of research studies, including biomarker assays as well as basic and pre-clinical animal model research. The Research Histology Core Laboratory is led by Dr. Ignacio Wistuba; Dr. Gabriela Raso, assistant professor and RHCL pathologist, and Jacqueline Furr, laboratory manager.
RHCL provides high-quality histological, molecular and consultation services for basic science and translational medicine research and exercises stringent quality control throughout the lab. The services are performed by American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified histologists with expertise in routine histology and other specialty services such as whole slide scanning, image and digital analysis (ImageScope and HALO), pathology services, immunohistochemistry (IHC), tissue microarray (TMA), bone histomorphometry, Visium preparations and RNAscope single and co-detection assays.
Please use the following text when acknowledging the core: “The Research Histology Core Laboratory was supported in part by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and P30CA016672.”
Go to the Acknowledgment page to see guidelines on whether the efforts of core personnel merit authorship.
Sample pick-up & drop-off hours
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.