Policies

Institutional Review Boards

Specimens for human studies require a copy of the agency letter indicating the investigator’s study has received a regulatory and ethical review and approval from their institutional or a commercial IRB.  Similarly, specimens from animal studies require a copy of the approval letter indicating the investigator’s study has received a regulatory and ethical review and approval from their institutional RARC or a commercial RARC.

The Isotope Ratio Laboratory personal provides scientific input on study design, isotope safety, sample handling, and interpretation of isotope data.  Because we provide scientific input, we usually work on a collaborative basis and are provided with co-authorship on resulting presentations on the finding of the study. If the return is not requested, specimens will be stored until analyses from the study are completed and statically analyzed after which specimens will be autoclaved and discarded according to university safety guidelines.

The remaining specimens will be stored frozen or dried in a manner to preserve isotopic integrity and will be returned to the user if requested. Where possible, specimens will be heat treated at 50oC for 30-45 min. to minimize potential exposure of the staff to infectious agents.

Specimens must be deidentified and marked with a subject ID code and additional information required for the calculation of results sent to us in a de-identified format to protect subject privacy.

More information on Health Sciences and Minimal Risk Research IRBs at the University of Wisconsin.