The Endocrine Core provides an international service for hormone analysis as well as consultation relating to endocrine research for investigators. The lab focuses on the analysis of biological specimens with an emphasis on reproductive and metabolic hormones. In addition, this laboratory develops and validates unique steroid and protein hormone assays for use in research conducted in humans, nonhuman primates and other species. Services include steroid and protein hormone immunoassays in a variety of species from blood, urine or saliva bio-specimens as well as cell- based bioassays in serum samples. 
 
Services include: 
 

  • Sensitive macaque and human chorionic gonadotropin assays for early pregnancy determination
  • Routine reproductive endocrine assays such as serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), estradiol, progesterone and testosterone
  • Urinary metabolites of estrogen, progesterone and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Cell-mediated bioassays for total estrogen or androgen receptor ligand loads and luteinizng hormone
  • Metabolic endocrine assays such as cortisol, insulin, prolactin and thyroid hormones
  • Other specialty assays available upon request
  • Development of new assays as needed
  • Consultation and expertise in experimental design and collection/preparation of samples
  • Consultation in evaluating reproductive status and hormone profiles