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Information about CTAC

Please see below for a wide range of information regarding CTAC’s policies and processes. For information regarding contact and staff, please visit the Cytometry Staff & Contact page. We appreciate your business and feedback, thank you for choosing CTAC at ICBR Cytometry!

CTAC Policies


At CTAC @ ICBR, our mission is to provide a hazard-free, efficient workspace for our clientele.  As a result, we have developed a number of policies in order to protect you, our equipment and the wider facility at large.

All users accept to be bound by CTAC policies in their account setup agreement.  If you have a CTAC account, you HAVE agreed to abide by the policies herein.

CTAC Hazardous/Biohazardous Waste Policy, effective October 1st, 2017

This policy covers the use and disposal of all items presenting a hazardous or biohazardous waste threat.  This covers the use and disposal of sharps, isoflurane waste, biohazards and chemical hazards.  This policy has been developed in conjunction with Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).

CTAC Policy on Sanitization, effective January 5th, 2011

This policy covers the steps required to maintain a clean workspace and instrumentation for all users.

Additionally, we have adopted all the standard policies for use of our instruments and facilities from ICBR.  These additional policies can be found described on the main ICBR website, under Terms & Conditions.

Equipment and Instrumentation

Equipment / Instrumentation

The CTAC provides the following to assist researchers in their grant applications:

(This information is also included in a downloadable PDF on the left sidebar).

The UF MBI Cell & Tissue Analysis Core (CTAC maintains high-end instrumentation as well as standard microscopy systems for the acquisition and analysis of bright field, fluorescent, and bioluminescent data from both in vitro and in vivo experimental models.

The CTAC operates the following in vitro Imaging Systems:
– Nikon Multiphoton / Super Resolution Imaging System

– Leica DM2500 Upright Fluorescent Microscope

– Nikon Ti-E Inverted Live Cell Imaging System

– Olympus DSU-IX81 Spinning Disc Confocal / Deconvolution

– Olympus IX70 Inverted Fluorescent Microscope

– Zeiss Axioplan 2 Fluorescent Visualization Microscope

Additionally, the following in vivo Imaging Systems are available:

– VisualSonics Vevo 770 Small Animal Ultrasound
– IVIS Spectrum Bioluminescence and Fluorescence Optical Imaging System

Publications & Acknowledgement

Publication Information

As of April 7, 2008, the NIH requires investigators with a publication using any NIH-funded shared resources to submit (or have submitted for them) their final, peer reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central(PMC) upon acceptance of publication, to be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. Many journals automatically submit these for authors, but assistance is also available through the UF Health Science Center Library.

Why Cite the Contributions of a Core?

It’s the science that speaks for us! Research Cores are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their value in the academic enterprise. A visible measure of the impact of core facilities is the number of Core-contributed publications. Thus, proper acknowledgement of these contributions in publications and in grant proposals is essential for their continued support.  Core facility personnel are valued scientists; when they make a substantial contribution to a publication, they deserve to be acknowledged like any other co-author. The existence of the CTAC relies on proper acknowledgment in publications and awards. Proper acknowledgment of the CTAC helps us to obtain support so that we may continue to provide services to the best of our abilities.

Please include the following information in the acknowledgements section of any publication resulting from services provided by or facilities use by the Cell & Tissue Analysis Core:

1. The name of the specific facility(ies) used in the scope of your research or project. (in-vivoin-vitro or histology)

2. Clearly state how the personnel (if applicable) and core contributed to your research.

3. As the McKnight Brain Institute provides the fiscal support of the Core, please note their role and give appropriate attribution..

There is a standard acknowledgement statement that can be used further below.  If you have any questions about correctly attributing the Cores in a publication or award, please contact us.

What types of publication should have an acknowledgement?

All work performed in the CTAC should be acknowledged in scholarly reports, presentations, posters, papers, and all other publications.

Publication Acknowledgement:

If research supported by the Cell & Tissue Analysis Core results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):

“The data presented herein were obtained at the Cell & Tissue Analysis Core, which is a McKnight Brain Institute core research facility at the University of Florida. The facility is funded through user fees and the generous financial support of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. We thank the Cell & Tissue Analysis Core at the McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida for the use of the [instrument name here], which provided [service].”

Last, when you do acknowledge the CTAC, please do let us know!  We will be happy to highlight your research on our website as one of the laboratories we have assisted.

Grant Information

McKnight Brain Institute, LG-164 suite

The UF MBI Cell & Tissue Analysis Core (CTAC;
maintains high-end instrumentation as well as standard microscopy systems for
the acquisition and analysis of bright field, fluorescent, and bioluminescent data
from both in vitro and in vivo experimental models.

The CTAC operates the following in vitro Imaging Systems:
– Nikon Multiphoton / Super Resolution Imaging System
– Leica DM2500 Upright Fluorescent Microscope
– Leica Laser Microdissection Microscope
– Leica TCS SP2 AOBS Spectral Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope
– Nikon Ti-E Inverted Live Cell Imaging System
– Olympus DSU-IX81 Spinning Disc Confocal I Deconvolution
– Olympus IX70 Inverted Fluorescent Microscope
– Zeiss Axioplan 2 Fluorescent Visualization Microscope

Additionally, the following in vivo Imaging Systems are available:
– VisualSonics Vevo 770 Small Animal Ultrasound
– IVIS Spectrum Bioluminescence and Fluorescence Optical Imaging Sy