Laboratory assay consulting, new assay development, and subsidized research tests. HCCRC Lab Services
At a glance
Key Features
  • Preferential pricing for all investigators
  • Financial support for junior investigators (assistant professor and below)
  • Advice on sample collection and processing
Useful for
  • Guidance on sample collection
  • Help with sample collection; phlebotomy services
  • Assistance with sample processing
  • Access to high-quality assays at low cost
Available to
  • All members of the Harvard Catalyst community
(via HCCRC Resource Request)

Specimen Collection and Sample Processing

The Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center sites (Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital) have dedicated laboratory space and specialized personnel to assist investigators with specimen collection and sample processing. Specimen collection may include: blood, saliva, urine, and other types of specimens. In addition, the CRC is able to perform specialized processing for studies where the assays are run in the investigator's lab, another contract lab, or a research core.

Preferential Discounted Pricing

All investigators at BCH, BIDMC, BWH, and MGH receive a significant discount for our laboratory assays, which are provided by LabCorp. These assays include the most commonly ordered routine testing and access to the full LabCorp menu. Preferential pricing on laboratory assays are for those investigators whose studies are approved through the HCCRC Protocol Review System.

Financial Support

Clinical/Translational investigators with an HCCRC-approved study protocol may be eligible for ancillary laboratory assay support, regardless of whether the research is done in the clinical research centers, in other outpatient units at the academic healthcare centers, in other medical facilities, or in the community.

The Harvard Catalyst grant is able to partially subsidize the costs of routine laboratory testing on study protocols based on the annual availability of funds. Currently, non-batched tests sent to LabCorp are supported by Harvard Catalyst at a cap of $2,500 for the year 5/1/15-4/30/16 for investigator-initiated studies where the PI is a junior faculty member. Ancillary support is dependent on annual availability of funds.

To access these ancillary support funds, investigators must have an approved protocol and choose to process their assays at the laboratory indicated per the laboratory support flow chart below.

If you have questions, please contact the clinical research center administrator at your institution.

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LabCorp: Routine Testing

LabCorp offers centralized laboratory analysis of a wide array of routine analytes in real time. Results are available within 24 hours from sample pickup. If results are needed sooner to allow the research to proceed, the investigator may use their hospital lab for analysis. Please note that tests that need to be billed to insurer can only be sent to the local hospital lab.

For questions regarding LabCorp routine assays, please contact your site administrator.

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