For all your histology needs
The Core Pathology is a self funding medical laboratory and is a fee-for-service facility providing histopathology services to members of Queen Mary University of London and other academic institutes, as well as providing a diagnostic service to the private sector (for more details on the diagnostic service please see tab below).
Our remit is to advise, support or carry out work for research groups within Queen Mary University of London which ranges from:
Users of the service can select from a number of options to enable them to work to their time and budgetary commitments:
It is advised that users come to discuss their project with us as you may wish to use a combination of any of the options above. The department is experienced with human and animal tissue but has had some experience in processing and cutting of different types of material like silk and leather (we will have a go at anything). There is archival animal and human tissue available as control material for optimisations.
The current staff are all biomedical scientists, specialists in histological techniques and are HCPC-registered. They can provide the technical expertise and resources to cover the full range of histopathological techniques. Tuition is also offered in all aspects of histopathological technique as well as supervision and use of facilities once trained. The facility is also able to advise on costing when submitting grants that contain a histopathology element and we recommend that prospective users visit the facility when planning their grant applications.
Each year our reputation for high quality work is spread further in the academic community as researchers move on to new positions resulting in the facility collaborating on projects with:
All work for the Core Pathology department is now requested through an online ordering system hosted by I-Labs. The link below will take you to the relevant site. If you are an internal user then you will be able to log on with your Queen Mary ID; if you are an external user then you will be required to set up an account and I-Labs will issue you with log in details.
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The Core Pathology facility is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory no 8369, HTA licensed and currently processes over 4,000 surgical cases. We have a full team of consultant histopathologists covering all specialities as well as an experienced and efficient team of biomedical scientists. All the biomedical scientists are HCPC registered and participate in CPD activities.
Turnaround times for most cases are 24-48 hours. More complex specimens, and those specimens requiring additional testing, may take longer to produce the final report.
The facility can also carry out sub-specialities through a network of experts which includes:
Some additional testing may be carried out by referral UKAS accredited medical laboratories.
We can provide a full or bespoke service, tailored to your histopathology needs.
For further details please contact Pauline Levey and Laura Neal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The slide scanning service enables researchers to scan whole slides as digital images.
The equipment used is a state of the art Hamamatsu whole slide scanner with free software. This can scan a regular histology slide at either x20 or x40 objective lens on a standard light microscope.
The scan time varies with tissue size, however, as a rough guide, a 1x1cm piece of tissue at x20 will take under two minutes and x40 will take under four minutes.
Annotation and measurement is possible. However, no analysis software is available.
Further information can be found on the Hamamatsu website.
Apart from your samples, you will need a memory stick or external hard drive (at least 250mb space per slide scanned is advisable).
As this service is part of the Core Pathology unit, the upkeep and maintenance of the equipment needs to be covered as we are a self funding department. The prices can be found on our online ordering system, I-Labs. The button below will take you to the relevant site. If you are a internal user then you will be able to log on with your Queen Mary ID; if you are a external user then you will be required to set up an account and I-Labs will issue you with log in details.
The course is run in collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust and is organised by Dr M Calaminici, Dr H Rizvi and Dr T Butler. The course is designed for senior trainees in histopathology and haematology, consultants with a special interest in haematopathology and researchers who are specialising in these fields.
The course consists of:
Refreshments and lunches are provided.
The course fee is £250 and there are limited places. Please check the flyers below for dates of the next course. If you have any further questions please contact us via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Dates: Barts_Health_Haematopathology_Course-1.pdf [PDF 343KB]
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The Core Pathology Department is happy to annouce we have a new online ordering system for our research work, called I-Labs. The system allows you to book bench space to carry out immunohistochemistry, time on the sldie scanner and request all other services. The system will generate quotes which you are able to download as PDFs and will help us and yourself to keep track of work flow and expenditure.
The link below will take you to the relevant site. If you are a internal user then you will be able to log on with your QMUL ID; if you are a external user then you will be required to set up an account and I-Labs will issue you with log in details.
I-Labs Link: https://qml.corefacilities.org/
We are happy to announce that our slide scanner is now capable of scanning Fluroscence Stained slides. For more details please contact the lab.
I would like to say well done to Miss Rebecca Carroll for participating in the National Pathology Week which was held onthe 29th November 2012. This event helps to promote and educate the public of all disciplines in pathology including histopathology in which we specialise in. The feed back was very positive, see
Our Publications and Courses tabs have been updated.
We are happy to annouce that all staff have undertaken the 'Good Laboratory Practice' (GCP) course which meets the requirements for laboratory staff to participate and carry out work for Clinical Trials.
We have just received confirmation that the department has passed its latest CPA inspection and maintains its accreditation. The team has done a brilliant job and we only received 6 non critical non-conformities which were only minor document changes. Once again good job guys!
In 2006 the Core Pathology department participated in the Whitaker International Program (http://www.whitaker.org/grants/overview). This involves joint research projects between students from the USA and host laboratories around the world. The project title was 'Arterial Elasticity: Histological and Histochemical Analysis' and was headed by Professor Steve Greenwald (Pathology Group) in collaboration with Texas A&M Univeristy. Dr. Luke Timmins (http://www.whitaker.org/fsdirectory/info/29) was the lucky student who spent a year in our department and was a major asset, not just academically but he also became a member of the team and formed close friendships with its members. He now has a post doc position at The University of Atlanta and we continue to have close ties, which has helped our department braoden our academic contacts and research interests. The department benefited considerably from this program, so as they have now updated their website, I thought I would share this information in case it is of interest to other groups.
The department was asked to participate in a documentary on BBC 1 called 'Death Unexplained'. This is due to the work we carry out for multiple Coroners around London. The documentary follows Coroners' cases from the start to end covering all aspects including the laboratory tests. Please check out the program and see what else we get up to.
Blizard Institute Core Pathology
Pathology and Pharmacy Building
Second floor - Room 217
80 Newark Street
Phone: 020 324 60155