Frequently Asked Questions

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Here you can find commonly asked questions.

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What is the process of starting a research project or study?

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Once you contact us using information in the Contact Us page, our project coordinator will discuss your project with you.  We will also send you our service agreement for your review.  Once the agreement is signed by both parties, our project coordinator will work with you to design your experiments and come up with a budget.  Study protocol and cost will be included in a formal quotation for your approval.  Once the quotation is signed off by you, we can schedule and proceed with your experiment.

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What is IACUC? Does my study have to be approved by the IACUC?

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IACUC stands for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and is an independent committee that oversees experimental study designs to ensure that animal research is both necessary and humane. Because Explora is an AAALAC-accredited institution, and we are fully committed to animal welfare, all research activities involving animals need to be reviewed and approved by the IACUC.

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How long does it take for the IACUC to review my study protocol?

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Many experimental designs (such as PK studies) fit into the parameters of our pre-approved protocols, and can be approved very quickly. Unique programs may need to be reviewed by our full IACUC committee, which meets at least once a month.