Dedicated lab and research facilities
The Department of Research & Evaluation has dedicated facilities and laboratory resources to support our research studies. The Clinical Research Center is located at our main offices in Pasadena, California. We also have a biospecimen storage and processing unit in North Hollywood.
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Clinical Research Center
The Clinical Research Center is a dedicated space investigators and project staff can use to perform a variety of research study work, from collecting and processing biological specimens to performing non-invasive clinical assessments for research purposes.
The center includes:
a reception and waiting area2 fully equipped examination roomsan interview/recruitment rooma meeting room for conferences and focus groupsa secured room for specimen processing and storage that includes asub-80°C freezer, refrigerator, centrifuges, and a dedicated air conditioning unitan additional sub-80°C freezer for contingency/business continuityseismic bracing on equipment for earthquake preparedness consistent withRegional Reference Laboratoriesan all-gender restroom
Research biospecimen processing and storage center
The department has a dedicated sample processing and storage center. The facility has 6 sub-80°C freezers and sufficient capacity to accommodate up to 10.
Equipment currently includes:
a pipetting system to automate the aliquoting of samples1 large (refrigerated) and 1 medium centrifugean upright refrigeratora portable biologic hood3 workstationsa multi-purpose printer/scanner/copier machineother general laboratory supplies
Researchers also have access to 2 contingency freezers at the Chino Hills Regional Reference Laboratory. This provides optional storage for back-up aliquots at the Sherman Way facilities, protecting samples in the event of a catastrophic event.
The freezers at both lab locations, and in Pasadena, are equipped with a remote temperature monitoring system that can be set to send alert notifications via phone calls so that research staff can be notified of real-time status of the freezers and current room temperature.
Research orders for labs
Samples are then routed to the Regional Reference Laboratory and to our research processing and storage facilities. In the case of samples collected for the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank, samples are routed to Kaiser Permanente’s national biobank in Berkeley, California.
Regional Reference Laboratories
The Regional Reference Laboratories is a sophisticated clinical laboratory management system that interfaces with Kaiser Permanente’s medical centers and medical office buildings. The Sherman Way Regional Laboratories and Chino Hills Regional Reference Laboratories share responsibility for testing and analyzing approximately 60,000 samples a day collected at clinical laboratories at medical centers and office buildings across Kaiser Permanente Southern California. All laboratories undergo routine quality checks to meet or surpass accrediting body specifications.