Specimen Collection and Human Specimen Processing Laboratory

The Specimen Collection and Processing Laboratory offers specialized services and equipment dedicated solely to clinical research. Fully qualified medical technologists provide services including specimen procurement, processing, storage and shipping. The laboratory is centrally located at the Glen site of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and complies with the requirement for Containment Level 2.

The Specimen Processing Laboratory at CIM was also the first laboratory to be certified Platinum under McGill’s new Sustainable Lab Certification program.

Specimen Collection Services

A highly-trained team is available to help you with the specimen procurement services you need, including:

  • Blood draw
  • IV insertion
  • Blood gas collection
  • Urine collection
  • Nasal swabs
  • And much more!

Human Specimen Processing Laboratory Services

  • Centrifugation of human specimens
  • Cell isolation & cell counting
  • Blood smear slides preparation
  • Aliquoting (plasma, serum and buffy coat)
  • Rapid tests (urine, pH, pregnancy)
  • Specimen shipping (ambient, refrigerated and frozen)
  • Thermal label making
  • Dry ice ordering

Available Equipment

The laboratory is equipped with all necessary safety equipment and lab attire. All equipment is certified and routinely maintained. All freezers and refrigerators are monitored 24/7 and temperature monitoring logs are available. For more information on our equipment list and fees, contact the laboratory.

  • Centrifuges
  • Balances & Scales
  • Microscope
  • Automated pipettes
  • Water bath
  • 37C°incubator
  • -70 C°, -20 C° & 4 C° storage (short term storage)
  • Biological safety cabinets

Contact the Specimen Collection and Human Specimen Processing Laboratory

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your specimen collection and processing needs. We welcome your inquiries!

Edna Milbrandt de Paz
Edna Milbrandt de Paz

Lab Supervisor

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
Glen Site
1001 Decarie Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3J1

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