Baystate Research Facility
The Baystate Research Facility (BRF) is a 25,000 square foot facility that includes ample bench space for basic science research, tissue culture, surgical and procedural rooms, BSL-2 room, histology suite, microscopy suite and additional specialty lab space. In addition to research space the BRF has private offices, an open community area, three conference rooms and a reception area.
The BRF core team includes individuals trained in laboratory safety, skilled veterinary care, regulatory issues, as well as individuals performing general administrative functions.
Types of research being conducted at the BRF include cancer, diabetes, surgical techniques and training, and device/instrument development.
- The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees and evaluates all research involving humans
- The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees and evaluates all animal care and use and is also responsible for initial and continuing review and approval or all animal use protocols. The IACUC assures USDA and OLAW regulations and national standards are met.
- The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews registrations for Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Pathogens, potential Infectious Agents, Biological Toxins, and Human Clinical Trials that involve the use of these materials as mandated by the National Institutes of Health.
Accreditation, Regulation and Membership
- Licensed and registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- Assurance on file with the Public Health Service Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
- Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR)
- National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR)
- Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)