Histology Research Support (HRS)
The main purpose of Histology Research Support is to support clinical research projects that involve members of the pathology department as investigators as well as the University of Vermont, the Larner College of Medicine and University of Vermont Medial Group faculty and staff. We offer world class diagnostic and research histopathology services to both internal and external researchers.
HRS succeeds the Experimental Pathology Laboratory (EPL) which was established in 2000 as a facility allowing faculty, residents and medical students to pursue academic research pursuits. HRS was established in January of 2014 in an effort to maximize efficiency and resources between The University of Vermont Medical Center, the University of Vermont and the Larner College of Medicine.
HRS conducts short, medium and long term projects addressing focused research questions on a wide variety of pathological conditions. Histology services have always been available for research purposes; however, we have now made this process easier.
HRS allows faculty, residents and medical students at the University of Vermont, the Larner College of Medicine and The University of Vermont Medical Center to pursue academic research endeavors that utilize tissue samples. HRS enjoys this interaction with the wider research community and participates in a variety of research projects, including multi-center grant funded projects.
All types of pathology specimens are investigated including
- formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE)
- fresh-frozen tissues
- fine needle aspiration (FNA)
- and other cytology preparations
Our facility offers high quality, reliable, cost effective histological services
- including, but not limited to
- tissue processing
- routine histology
- 168 Immunohistochemistry antibodies
- Kappa/Lambda and EBV ISH
- 60 special stains
- custom TMA construction
- Chromogenic In-Situ Hybridization (CISH) for Her2-Neu
Our services utilize clinically validated processes, providing the utmost dependable results. We are a diagnostic and research facility accredited by the College of American Pathologists, Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendment as well as other healthcare agencies.
Grant/Externally funded? We would love to help!
Contact Alexa Buskey (802-847-7973, or by email) to discuss your histology needs.
We are happy to discuss challenging histology needs and customize our work around your project. Researcher provided antibodies can be worked up in our facility. Please complete our Project Proposal Form (see link at right) to help us fully understand your project and its requirements.
HRS collaborates with other research core facilities such as The University of Vermont Cancer Center Biobank Facility, the Microscopy
Imaging core and the Advanced Genome Technologies Core (AGTC).
HRS policies recommend that all work provided by the Histology Research Support Facility be acknowledged when included in publications. Acknowledgements can be referenced as: Histological services provided by the Histology Research Support Facility in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT. Additionally, employees of the HRS who substantially contribute to a research publication should be recognized as any other co-author. For our continued educational benefit, please send notification of assisted publications to Alexa Buskey.