Policies

Study Priority and operational transparency

  1. All study scheduling and execution will be conducted based on first-come, first-served service policy. However, we accept any urgent applications requested by reviewers in grant applications or paper publications. In this case, we will perform the study as soon as the equipment and personnel become available.
  2. All studies will be performed strictly on the scheduled calendar dates unless unexpected situations occur. If an issue arises, such as a delay in the transfer of animals or an equipment malfunction, you will be immediately notified and provided with possible solutions that are within our capacity to uphold.
  3. We welcome lab members of the investigator to join us by observing the experimental processes or providing hands-on help during the study. However, those who are willing to have a hands-on experience in a study (e.g. hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp) will need to check with the core faculty member to see if additional trainings are required based on the ULAM and UCUCA policies.
  4. We keep entire study operations transparent to our customers by making all raw data available as requested, recording and reporting any experimental errors that may occur during a study, and including any observations that we think are relevant to the study. If any unexpected situations occur during the experiment, the PI or the corresponding personnel will be notified immediately by phone or email.

Animal transfer and sample shipment

  1. We work closely with ULAM and UCUCA to assist and coordinate animal transfer processes. Self-transfer is no longer accepted.
  2. We DO NOT accept animals on the campus where a contamination has been reported, or external animals WITHOUT recent heath report and serology tests as requested by our animal facility.
  3. We ship out all biological samples (i.e. tissues and blood samples) with sufficient dry-ice via the overnight shipments by UPS or FedEx domestic or World Carrier international services.

Data report and ownership

  1. All study results will be collected, organized, and reported by the core using Excel spreadsheet. In the report, we will include simple statistical analyses (e.g. mean ± se and 2-tail t-test), some basic figures, a description for study condition and methods, and original raw data.
  2. Animal ID and group or strain information used in the data report will be based on the information provided in the application.
  3. The data will be sent via email to the PI and/or the corresponding personnel as indicated in the study application.
  4. The core personnel will be available to discuss experiment details and interpret the results as requested.
  5. All data belong to the investigator and the institution to which he/she belong. The core does NOT have any ownership over the results and therefore will NOT use them for any personal or institutional purposes without permission unless a written collaborative agreement is established between the core and the investigator.

Pricing

  1. The listed service prices are for University of Michigan MNORC/MDRC members. If you are not currently a member, click here to complete our membership application.
  2. Investigators from other academic institutes or drug industry, whose research is funded by NIH or other non-profit health organizations (e.g. ADA) will need to pay an additional overhead recharge (29%) imposed by the university.
  3. For investigators from research or pharmaceutical industry who are NOT funded by NIH or other non-profit health organizations, prices vary. Please contact the core (Nathan Qi) for further information.

Acknowledgement and co-authorship

  1. The University of Michigan Animal Phenotyping Core is co-sponsored by Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (MNORC) and Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC).It is extremely important that our grants are cited in all publications resulting from the use of our services. Our productivity and effectiveness as Centers are measured in part by the citation of the grants in published work. So, PLEASE include the following acknowledgement in your publication:
    This work utilized Core Services supported by grants DK089503 (MNORC) and DK020572 (MDRC) of NIH to the University of Michigan.
  2. Since all the services are provided based on a fee-for-service operation model, we generally do not ask for co-authorship in the publications resulting from the use of our services. However, when a collaboration is established between the core and the investigator, or there is an extensive work that has been contributed by the core faculty members, which may involve in a specific design and/or execution of the experiment, data analyses and interpretation, help on writing a part of manuscript, etc., we will expect to share authorship in the related publication.

Research Acknowledgement

The University of Michigan Animal Phenotyping Core is co-sponsored by Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (MNORC) and Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). It is extremely important that our grants are cited in all publications resulting from the use of our services. Our productivity and effectiveness as Centers are measured in part by the citation of the grants in published work. So, PLEASE include the following acknowledgement in your publication:

This work utilized Core Services supported by grants DK089503 (MNORC) and DK020572 (MDRC) of NIH to the University of Michigan.