St. Michael's Hospital Vivarium Receives Prestigious Awards

Congratulations to the Vivarium team who was recently presented with 2 awards at the annual CALAS symposium in Quebec City!!

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CFI Announcements 

Learn more about the recently funded CFI grants in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS).  

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New Composting Program in LKSKI

Research Facilities is pleased to announce the launch of the composting program in LKSKI. Starting Friday, December 8th, composting bins will now be available in the common areas of LKSKI. In addition, we are also raising awareness about our recycling program. New bins and posters have also been installed throughout the building to help us easily identify recyclable materials.

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Kill the Lights, Save the Birds!

It’s estimated that as many as 1 billion migrating birds die each year across North America due to collisions with buildings. In an effort to do our part to decrease these numbers, we’d like everyone to start making more of a conscious effort to turn off the lights at the end of each day. A public campaign – Kill the Lights, Save the Birds - has recently begun and will not only save the birds, but conserve energy as well.

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New Plaque Honours Dr. Halperin for a Lifetime of Achievements

Dr. Mitchell Halperin, one of Canada's leading renal physiologists and an internationally recognized educator, was honoured by St. Michael’s Hospital at a plaque-dedication ceremony on March 12 for contributions during 50 years of service that were seminal to the development of the hospital’s Division of Nephrology.

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Microfabrication Core Facility Update

We are currently working on the procurement of several pieces of equipment that will go into the Microfabrication Core Facility. The equipment will be placed in the cleanroom on the 7th floor of the Keenan Research Centre and it will be available to all Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST) and Keenan Research Centre Principal Investigators and their associates.

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Introducing the Feedback Loop 

Research Facilities is pleased to announce our new anonymous feedback form – the Feedback Loop. Whether you have feedback on the facility, a suggestion for new equipment, or just a general question, we would like to hear from you today!

Remember, as the people who use our facility day in and day out, your opinions matter to us. Please help us keep this facility a great place to work and provide your feedback today!

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Important News for Bioimaging 

Bioimaging to be part of Research Core Facilities

This will be rolled out over the next year. Please be aware of the following important dates:

  • May 1st, 2017 - PIs should now budget 4% for research core facility into new grants.
  • January 1st, 2018 – Hourly fees for bioimaging usage will no longer be applied.

New Live Cell Imaging Facility

This space is located in room 778 and contains a small preparation area as well as space for our new microscope systems which include, a TIRF/Spinning Disk confocal microscope, a Spinning Disc confocal microscope, and a wide field FLIM microscope.

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New Infrastructure at the KRBCS

We have a range of new infrastructure available to our Researchers including: the Illumina Next Seq 550 Next Generation Sequencer, Thermo-Fisher Life Technologies QuantStudio 7 Flex Real-Time PCR and BioRad QX200 Digital Droplet PCR for gene expression profiling!

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Online Access Request Submission

Research Facilities is pleased to announce the addition of our new Online Access Request platform to the Research Facilities Business Management System (RFBMS).

Research personnel will now be able to request and renew access to LKSKI, 193 Yonge and 250 Yonge online.

Please check out the tutorial on how to use the online access request form and the FAQ if you have any questions.

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Safety Awakens: New Interactive Biosafety Refresher Training

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Biosafety refresher training modules. These new modules (Laboratory Safety, Biosafety and Chemical Safety) include redesigned experiential learning components.

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