The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), and University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) partnered to create an Infectious Agent Repository (IAR) to maintain biological pathogens and associated information for future use in research. This facility provides a unique resource to the university community by collecting, processing, storing and distributing pathogens to support future research. In addition, the Repository offers an inventory software that individual labs may use to organize their own freezers.
This resource will be extended to all faculty and staff at the University on a fee-for-use basis. In addition, services will be offered, upon request, to those not affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
The function of the IAR is to serve as a core CVM resource facility for:
Storage and maintenance of infectious agents:
This site serves as a Repository for infectious agents of food animal, companion animal, and wildlife. A catalogue of isolates and its associated data, and a searchable digital inventory is maintained by the facility. Clinical, diagnostic, and/or molecular analysis data for each isolate will be catalogued as available with each archived isolate.
Distribution of samples:
Upon request, isolates available in the Repository will be processed for transport or shipping using appropriate SOPs for packaging and transportation of the agent(s) contained in the sample.
The Repository offers ultra-cold storage (-80oC) at as an alternative to researchers investing in purchasing individual freezers for their laboratories. This service provides a cost-effective, popular solution to a common problem encountered in research labs, particularly for short-term, limited-volume storage capacity or for emergency storage.
Receiving and processing clinical samples:
Clinical samples with unknown pathogens or known BSL-2 agents will be processed in the laboratory for storage. Clinical samples from ongoing research experiments or surveillance studies may also be received in this laboratory for processing and/or storage. A minimum information data set associated with all clinical samples will be collected for storage and/or archiving.
Inventory software use:
The IAR utilizes the FreezerPro® Enterprise Inventory System to maintain Repository inventory records. The IAR has purchased the software and can provide individual researchers a license and support to maintain their own freezer inventory or manage their samples stored in the IAR.