Research Core Facilities Newsletter 

We are proud to present the December edition of the Research Core Facilities newsletter! The RCF newsletter is a way to keep you informed about important updates from each of our core labs, with topics ranging from equipment updates, safety training, core clinics, and general reminders.

Please enjoy and stay tuned for another edition coming March 2023!

Click here to read the RCF Newsletter

 

Recycling Lab Waste

Research Facilities is ramping up efforts to divert waste from landfill and do our part in reducing our impact on the community! To make efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, RCF is conducting an experimental study on the 4th floor of LKSKI. We want the 4th-floor lab-conscious scientists to recycle lab-generated waste and set a successful example for the rest of the institute. This experimental study is restricted to the labs and common areas on the 4th-floor only.

Blue recycling bins are available at the end of every other bay and recycling posters have been put up throughout the lab. These posters include QR codes with a link to our new “What goes where” waste wizard and other resources to assist with the recyclability of waste material. To learn more about our sustainbility efforts, please visit https://research.unityhealth.to/staff-services/research-facilities/sustainability/ 

 

Security Reminder

Safety and security is everyone’s responsibility. In public areas, like lobbies, exhibition spaces and stairwells:

  • Make sure your valuables or personal belongings are secured.
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you and report any issues or concerns to Security.

In restricted areas, remember to be AWARE:

Attention should be paid to your surroundings when entering the building. Be on the look-out for “tailgaters” coming in behind you. Wear your badge at all times. Access cards that are lost or stolen should be reported to security for deactivation immediately. Report any suspicious activity to security. Everyone entering restricted areas should swipe their badge. Do not share your access card or badge with anyone else.

 

What really goes in the sharps bin?

Throughout the facility, new sharps posters have been posted to help users identify what is considered a sharp or not.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to neha.chauhan@unityhealth.to.

 

New Equipment in the Microfabrication Core

We are pleased to announce a new piece of equipment that has been added to our Microfabrication Core – the Zetasizer Advance Series – Ultra (Red Label) particle analysis instrument. The Zetasizer has been successfully installed in the 7th-floor Analytical Room and is ready for users. 

Zetasizer Ultra is a top-of-the-line instrument based on Dynamic Light Scattering technology. 

Some of the key features of Zetasizer are:

  • High-resolution measurements for particle size range between 0.3 nm and 10 μm
  • Particle concentration measurements of absolute particle concentration, calibration-free
  • Reliable zeta measurements in high conductivity samples
  • Repeatable and accurate measurements of protein electrophoretic mobility by minimizing aggregation risk at the electrodes during the measurement
  • Minimum sample volume 3 μL.

For additional information about the instrument, training and use, please contact Microfabrication Core Specialist, Dario Bogojevic at Dario.Bogojevic@unityhealth.to. We will soon offer a seminar about the nanoparticle analysis equipment and techniques available in the RCF. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

Research Core Facilities Newsletter 

We are proud to present the second edition of the Research Core Facilities newsletter! The RCF newsletter is a way to keep you informed about important updates from each of our core labs, with topics ranging from equipment updates, safety training, core clinics, and general reminders.

Please enjoy and stay tuned for another edition coming December 2022!

Click here to read the RCF Newsletter

 

New Equipment in the Microfabrication Core

We are pleased to announce that the Direct Write "Maskless" Lithography system MicroWriter ML®3 has been added to the Microfabrication Core. The MicroWriter has been successfully installed in the 7th floor cleanroom and is ready for users. The instrument was funded by Dr. Scott Tsai's CFI IF grant.

This system will allow users to make a photolithography mask for their projects or use it as a stand-alone "maskless" instrument for direct writing onto the photoresist substrates. It will be helpful for researchers making microfluidics devices, microarrays,  microlenses, microelectronics, and patterning photosensitive biomaterials for scaffolds used in tissue engineering and cell studies. With this instrument, the entire process flow can be completed in our cleanroom with significantly reduced manufacturing lead times.

For additional information about the instrument, training and use, please contact Microfabrication Core Specialist, Dario Bogojevic at Dario.Bogojevic@unityhealth.to.

 

Research Facilities Email Changes

We have switched over the following emails ending in @smh.ca to end in @unityhealth.to:

ResearchFacilities@smh.ca is now ResearchFacilities@unityhealth.to

vivarium@smh.ca is now vivarium@unityhealth.to

acc@smh.ca is now acc@unityhealth.to

Emails sent to the @smh.ca email addresses will be redirected to the new @unityhealth.to email addresses.

 

Research Core Facilities Newsletter

We are proud to present the first Research Core Facilities newsletter! The RCF newsletter is a way to keep you informed about important updates from each of our core labs, with topics ranging from equipment updates, safety training, core clinics, and general reminders.

Please enjoy and stay tuned for another edition coming September 2022!

Click here to read the RCF Newsletter

 

Need to centrifuge your samples at high speed?

New high-speed and ultra-speed centrifuges are available for booking in room 654. To use these centrifuges, all new users will need to complete our online training module found here, and contact core specialist Colleen Ding to receive hands-on training. A PIN will then be provided to obtain access. Existing users who have already received hands on training or have experience using the centrifuges can contact Colleen Ding to receive a PIN without completing the online training module.

Please remember to book all centrifuges in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Ding at Colleen.Ding@unityhealth.to.

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Please label all compressed gas tanks in LKSKI receiving area

A section of the loading dock/receiving area of the LKSKI is devoted to storing the compressed gases that many groups use in their work. An audit of the area was undertaken recently that highlighted a large number of stored tanks that have been stored, unused, for long periods of time. We are asking all group's to: 

  1. Clearly label all cylinders with the group’s name

  2. Only store the minimum amount that you require for your work

  3. If the cylinder is not used and is not going to be used in the near future, please arrange for the company that rented you the cylinder to collect it

 

Moving forward, there will be monthly checks on the storage area and any cylinder found without a label identifying the group will be returned to the supplier.

 

Change in Chemical Waste Disposal Guidelines

We have updated our chemical waste disposal guidelines. To view the updated document, please click here. Hazardous waste stickers are available in Room  545. Please remember to stick them on the waste bottle as soon as you start collecting the waste. If you have any questions/concerns, please email the Biosafety Officer, Neha Chauhan at Neha.Chauhan@unityhealth.to

 

Security Enhancements

We are excited to announce that, based on your feedback, we have made some security enhancements to the Research Facility Business Management System (RFBMS). 

These new changes will make your experience with us easier, faster and more secure!

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