Specimen Containers

Specimen Containers

Histopathology Tissue Submission Specimen Containers

Specimen Containers

Label containers clearly on the side, not the lid, with your name and phone number. Include the type of fixative on the container or the submission form, both to ensure proper processing and to help us comply with waste disposal regulations. Indicate on the container(s) or submission form whether you want your container(s) returned.

Plastic snap-top containers such as the one shown are commonly used, inexpensive, and widely available from vendors of scientific supplies. However, the tops tend to loosen and leak with age, and they will pop open if dropped. Screw-top containers are better in these respects. Plastic scintillation vials are good for very small specimens.

Don't use conical-bottom centrifuge tubes, because tissues tend to sink to the bottom of the conical part, where the fixative doesn't reach them well. However, 50 ml screw cap tubes are OK for mouse spinal columns, as long as you don't put more than 2 or 3 in the same tube, and for mouse lungs, since they float.

Don't put tissues in narrow-mouth containers. Tissues harden and stiffen in fixative so that the container may have to be broken or cut open to retrieve the tissue.

Don't use glass, for obvious reasons.

Additional News and Announcements

  • IRB Continuing Training Requirement for 2015

    ​UAB IRB policy requires continuing training once in every three year period for key personnel involved in human subjects research.  The UAB Office of the IRB has worked with the CITI Program to create different continuing training courses for (1) Biomedical and (2) Social/Behavioral/Educational researchers.  UAB personnel may complete either of these courses to meet continuing training requirements.  Both courses require investigators to complete three required modules and three of six elective modules. 
    Key personnel who completed their initial human subjects training before January 1, 2015 are required to complete one of the continuing training courses prior to December 31, 2015.  This continuing training will be valid for the 2015-2017 period.
    Additional information, including step by step instructions for registering, can be found on the OIRB website:  Continuing IRB Training.
    If you have questions about IRB training requirements, please contact the Office of the IRB at 934-3789.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 10/09/15
  • New UAB Institutional Core Facility Program Launched

    The UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) announces the launch of the UAB Institutional Core Facility Program (ICFP), created to promote the development and operation of outstanding Core Facilities that can serve the needs of UAB investigators.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/02/15
  • White Paper Solicitation for Major New Alabama Research Initiatives

    ​Alabama EPSCoR (ALEPSCoR) would like to solicit White Papers for major new research initiatives in targeted areas where Alabama can achieve national competitiveness and leadership. The goal of these targeted research initiatives will be to create the necessary State-wide research and education infrastructure to foster ground-breaking technology innovations resulting in substantial federal grant funding and intellectual property development that will create jobs for the State. The desired outcome of this white paper solicitation is to select one or two major new research initiatives for future investment and large scale multi-institutional proposal submissions.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 09/16/15
  • Dr. Rakesh Patel, Ph.D. announced as new Director for the Center for Free Radical Biology

    Dr. Selwyn Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S, Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean, School of Medicine, and Dr. Richard Marchase, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Economic Development, are pleased to announce that Rakesh Patel, Ph.D., will be the new director of the Center for Free Radical Biology (CFRB) from October 1, 2015, when Dr. Victor Darley-Usmar, Ph.D. steps down after serving as Director since 2006.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 09/10/15
  • Change in State Law Regarding Age of Consent

    On May 7, 2015, Governor Bentley signed into law Act 2015-167, which lowered the age of consent to 18 years old (previously 19 years) for IRB-approved research conducted by an accredited college or university. This means that 18 year olds may now consent for themselves to participate in research conducted at UAB under IRB approval. The IRB has updated most of its forms with this information and will continue to revise policies and procedures to recognize this change in the law. The revised forms must be used for all submissions received in the OIRB after September 1, 2015.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 06/26/15
  • IRB Form Changes - June 2015

    UAB IRB forms have been revised as of June, 2015. New versions of these forms will be required for all submissions received after September 1, 2015. These include: Human Subjects Protocol, Investigator's Progress Report, Sample Consent Form, Checklists for new submissions for both full and expedited reviews, Checklists for renewal submissions for both full and expedited reviews.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 06/26/15
  • Confidential Disclosure Agreement Templates Updated

    UAB’s template confidential disclosure agreements have been updated and are available at the OSP Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) webpage. The following confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) templates are available:

    Mutual Confidential Disclosure Agreement (Company and UAB disclosing confidential information);

    Unilateral Confidential Disclosure Agreement (Company Disclosing to UAB); and

    Unilateral Confidential Disclosure Agreement (UAB Disclosing to Company)

    Please use, and encourage the contracting party to use, the appropriate UAB template CDA. If the contracting party can agree to the terms of one of UAB’s template CDAs, UAB will sign the agreement without further routing and review, resulting in a more expeditious process.

    Please forward any questions regarding the CDA process, or UAB’s template CDAs to askosp@uab.edu.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 06/22/15
  • Policy Update: Definition of a Principal Investigator

    Effective May 18, 2015 UAB’s Definition of a Principal Investigator policy is modified with regard to UAB employees in the 02 (Full-time Temporary) employment status or other UAB employment categories. See the full policy at the link or via the UAB Policies & Procedures Library.

    Case-by-case inquiries should be addressed to askosp@uab.edu.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 06/01/15
  • Expired Form FDA 1572 continued use approved

    ​On April 30, 2015 the Form FDA 1572 on the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/ListFormsAlphabetically/ is expired.

    The FDA is in the process of updating and posting a new Form FDA 1572. Even though it is expired, the FDA approved continued use of the current form.

    We will monitor the FDA website and will post notice of the new form's release, when available.

    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 05/06/15
  • Additional OSP Dropbox Enhancements

    The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce additional enhancements to the OSP dropbox for electronic SF424 grant applications to grants.gov. The link to access the OSP dropbox is OSP Drop Box for Electronic Submissions to Grants.gov . The revised OSP dropbox user guide can be found at OSP Dropbox Quick Submission Guide. New enhancements to the dropbox include:

    • The attribute page has been modified to prompt the user to create a record and then upload the files. When the proposal record is created the attribute page is refreshed with the comment “Submit Successful*” with a footnote to continue to upload files (“*Please continue on to the Upload Files section and attach your proposal documents”).

    • Once the proposal record is created, the Upload file tab is now used to upload the proposal documents.

    • The upload file history can now be viewed using the “File History” section.  This allows users to verify that the upload was successful.

    If you have any questions regarding the new OSP dropbox functionality, please contact your OSP federal officer or askosp@uab.edu

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 04/21/15
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