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For more information about any Biodemography Laboratory services, please contact:

Eleanor Brindle, Biodemography Core Director & Research Scientist
ebrindle@uw.edu
206-616-9369

Dr. Kathleen O'Connor, Lab Director & Professor, Anthropology
oconnork@uw.edu
206-543-9605

Assay

Our lab provides training, assaying and consulting services for the assays listed in the table in the Methods section of this website. In addition, the lab is equipped to carry out most commercially available immunoassay kits, and is continuously adopting more assays. We are happy to answer inquiries about assays for additional markers not yet on our list.

Consulting

The Biodemography Core offers consulting in biomarker research feasibility, biomarker choice, and specimen collection protocols, and can offer support for grant proposals and budget preparation. See the Contract Work page of this website for a list of prior consultations and publications resulting from consultations. For more information about our consulting services, see the Biodemography Core page on the CSDE website or contact Eleanor Brindle.

Courses

BioA 455: Reproductive Ecology Laboratory Seminar
Introduction to the theory and methods of laboratory-based research in reproductive ecology. Covers lab methods for reproductive hormone assays, and their application in anthropological, biodemographic, and epidemiological research.
For more information about this course, contact Dr. Kathleen O'Connor (oconnork@uw.edu).

Software

E1G.Predict Program
The E1G.Predict program adjusts urinary E1G concentrations for non-parallelism exhibited by the 3F11 E1G enzyme immunoassay. See O'Connor et al., 2004 for details on this method.

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Equipment

The Biodemography Lab houses equipment purchased with funding from the UW Student Technology Fee (STF) committee that is available for students to use in their research. Training in proper use of the instruments is provided by CSDE staff, and the equipment may be checked out for use in the field. Some of the instruments require consumable supplies that students using the equipment would need to purchase. For a complete list of equipment available for check out, please refer to the list below.

Is there something missing from this list? If you have a need for other equipment to measure biomarkers for your research, let us know! We would be glad to consider it in our next STF funding proposal. Please email your wish list to Ellie Brindle (ebrindle@uw.edu).

 

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  • BioRad in2it HbA1c analyzers (2)
    Designed for quick measurement of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, an indicator of diabetes risk) using blood collected from a finger prick. This instrument is portable, but best suited to use in an indoor field research setting with electricity, such as an office or community center.

 

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  • Bayer A1cNow handheld HbA1c analyzers (2)
    Hand-held device designed for quick measuremnet of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, an indicator of diabetes risk) using blood collected from a finger prick. This instrument is very portable, small and rugged enough to transport to a remote field site in a backpack, and operates on battery power.

 

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  • Cholestech LDX multi-function analyzers (2)
  • Uses blood collected from a finger prick to measure a complete lipid profile (HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerids, etc.), C-reactive protein, and glucose, all of which are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and/or metabolic syndrome risk, as well as ALT and AST, indicators of liver function, which may be affected by medications used to treat these illnesses. This instrument is portable, and best suited to use in an indoor field research setting with electricity, such as an office or community center.

 

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