Core Services and Equipment Resources

The Cell Imaging Centre at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Operations and Policies

General Policies

The Cell Imaging Centre instruments are shared equipment and must be treated with respect. Users that do not follow the rules will be identified and warned. If after warning this behaviour continues, Facility privileges can be revoked. Users must comply with U of A, provincial, and federal regulations. All laboratory research conducted at U of A must be registered with the Biosafety Division and follow the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Biosafety Guidelines. All users must have an EHS form on file. This form must also be filled out prior to training or starting a new project.

Visit the links below for specific policies and billing information:

No-show Policy Training Policy Data Storage Grants & Purchasing Equipment

 


No-show Policy

We ask that users cancel their booked time in iLab as soon as they are aware that they will not be using it. If iLab will not allow to cancel your reservation please email the Facility and we will be happy to cancel it for you.

  • All bookings must be canceled at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time.
  • Bookings that are uncanceled and unused will be charged at full price.
  • Bookings that are canceled less than 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time will be charged at $10/ hour.

Training Policy

All users must be trained by facility staff prior to operating the instruments and before booking privileges will be granted. Please request training through iLab. Training is FREE.


Data Storage

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that their data is properly backed up. The Facility will maintain temporary backups of data on the instrument computers. The Cell Imaging Centre is not responsible for any loss of data. Image data will be routinely archived and deleted from instrument computers to ensure smooth operation of the acquisition software. The faculty cores provide access to shared network drive accessible from within MedIT's network: 

Connecting to the server

To access the storage space from a computer in your lab, your computer must be connected via an ethernet connection, not wifi. Follow these steps to access your data:

Macintosh

  1. Choose “Connect to server” from the “Go” menu ( -K).
  2. In the window that pops up, enter the following in the server address field:
                - smb://na01.med.ualberta.ca/Cell Imaging Centre
                - The first part of that address are the letters “na” and then the number “01”
  3. Optional :click on the “+” icon to add this server to your list of favourites so you don’t have to remember this address every time you wish to connect.
  4. Click “connect” and enter you domain credentials in the window that pop up
  5. Click “connect” again after entering your username and password.
  6. This will mount the disk, then you can navigate to your personal folder via this path: 
    “Personal Data->YourFirstName YourLastName”

Windows:XP & Vista

  1. Open a “Windows Explorer” window (NOT an internet explorer window). For example, from the “Start” menu, select “computer”.
  2. Choose “Map Network Drive…” from the “Tools” menu (Tools->Map Network Drive…).
  3. In the “Map Network Drive” window that appears, enter any drive letter into the “Drive:” Field. Just make sure the letter is not in use by another device on your computer already (e.g. don’t use “C:”).
  4. In the “Folder:” field, enter the following address: \\na01.med.ualberta.ca\Cell Imaging Centre
  5. Click on the link that says “Connect using a different username”.
  6. In the “Connect As…” window that pops up, enter your credentials. You must enter your username in the following format: MED\yourusername
  7. Enter your password and click on the “OK” button.
  8. Click “Finish” on the “Map Network Drive…” window.

Windows 7

As in XP, but the “Map Network Drive” command is available directly after opening your “computer” via the “start menu”

Linux

Open a window, in the navigation bar type “smb://na01.med.ualberta.ca/Cell Imaging Centre” and then authenticate with your domain credentials as above. That is use “MED\username” as your username and your domain password as the password.


Grants & Purchasing Equipment

Descriptions of the Cell Imaging Centre and letters of support can be provided for grant applications. If needed, please contact the Cell Imaging Centre Manager.
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry investigators who wish to purchase their own microscope should contact the Cell Imaging Centre manager (Dr. Stephen Ogg) or the Director, Core Research Facilities (Dr. Wendy Magee).