COVID-19 & Research Restart

OVCR Research-Related Updates Regarding COVID-19 Emergency and Research Restart

COVID-19 RRC Archives

Date Updates
June 10, 2020 Information provided on June 3, 2020 remains current
June 3, 2020 As of June 8th, Research Resources Center (RRC) cores will begin to work on all projects and services as well as open shared equipment schedules. There will be new guidelines issued by each core due to COVID19 for the use of shared equipment, sample drop off, etc. We expect delays for new projects and services due to the collection of backlogs, and we kindly ask for your patience and understanding during this transition time. Please reference each core’s new user guidelines before requesting services, projects, or scheduling equipment. All questions or inquiries must be sent over email and/or scheduled over phone call/video conference call.
May 29, 2020 Information provided on May 18, 2020 remains current
May 22, 2020 Information provided on May 18, 2020 remains current
May 18, 2020 RRC laboratory cores will continue to operate at minimal levels and provide ad hoc availability for essential research. Currently, essential research includes COVID-19 projects, anything patient-related, and the completion of long-term or ongoing experiments, especially those involving animals. Core facilities are now accepting projects with stored samples that have begun to deteriorate or are approaching expiration, projects for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees moving to their next positions, experiments for manuscript revisions and some ongoing experiments during the time of regular instrument maintenance. The Research Informatics Core is working at its regular capacity. Planning has begun to increase project capacity for those studies that can occur safely in the context of ongoing oversight and maintenance of instrumentation, projects not requiring staff effort that can be conducted by previously trained and approved users, and some projects that can occur with appropriate physical distancing by staff. All requests for RRC services should continue to be made to the VCR for discussion, approval and scheduling (jgroden@uic.edu).
May 14, 2020 Information provided on April 7, 2020 remains current
May 8, 2020 Information provided on April 7, 2020 remains current
May 1, 2020 Information provided on April 7, 2020 remains current
April 24, 2020 Information provided on April 7, 2020 remains current
April 17, 2020 Information provided on April 7, 2020 remains current
April 10, 2020 Information provided on April 7, 2020 remains current
April 7, 2020 Research Resource Center (RRC) cores have suspended regular services as of March 20th, 2020 and are currently providing support for projects that were already in progress or are essential for COVID-19 research. This change allows us to protect the health and safety of our personnel by operating at reduced staffing levels. Additionally, scheduling self-use of instruments through iLab has been suspended. Exemptions may be requested for the following:
  • Any COVID-19 related projects
  • Any project that is patient-related or human subjects-related
  • Projects already in progress now requesting essential project status
PLEASE NOTE: ALL REQUESTS FOR EXEMPTIONS MUST BE SENT VIA EMAIL TO DR. GRODEN AT JGRODEN@UIC.EDU, COPIED TO THE SPECIFIC CORE FACILITY DIRECTOR AND ALSO COPIED TO RESEARCH@UIC.EDU.
March 31, 2020, 10am Information provided on March 19, 2020 remains current
March 23, 2020 Information provided on March 19, 2020 remains current
March 19, 2020 We have moved to end most Research Resource Center (RRC) services today in order to reduce the number of people in our core facilities and with the goal of completing most projects in process by the close of business today. Only critical research projects using RRC will be conducted at this time. If there is a need for services/projects exceptions, please request exemptions with a detailed explanation to jgroden@uic.edu and the Core Director.
March 17, 2020 The Research Resource Center (RRC) facilities remain available, albeit at reduced staffing, for projects already in progress. PIs should limit aspects of their work to those critical for its continuity. Researchers using either BRL or RRC are advised that new orders and the initiation of new projects will be placed on hold.
March 16, 2020 All Research Resources Center (RRC) Facilities are continuing to operate, with increased cleanliness requirements for equipment, surfaces, supplies, etc. Users of shared instrumentation cores will need to follow posted guidance with respect to enhanced disinfection procedures mandated by individual core directors. Understandably, the situation is fluid. PIs should immediately begin preparing for all on-campus research to be restricted to essential activities only as soon as possible. The RRC urges users to review aspects of your work that are not absolutely critical for the continuity of your research program. New experiments should be curtailed.