How to make your lab and projects run smoothly

Introduction

With so many projects and experiments running simultaneously in your lab, it can be difficult to keep track of who is doing what. In addition, keeping corresponding data well organized and easily accessible is key to successful publications, regulatory submissions and grant funding. If you are looking for a better way to track your research projects, organize your data and keep your lab running at peak efficiency, please join us for this week’s Ask the Expert – “How to make your lab and projects run smoothly.” Please ask any questions you have about research management, specimen and logistics management, etc.

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Question 1

I have two labs both working simultaneously on projects to support our company’s IND submission. Right now we are using emails and google docs to track progress, but it is cumbersome and things have been lost. What would you recommend for sharing of timely information between two labs, pre-clin manufacturing, regulatory and upper management.

0 0 0 Total: 0 Thanks for this question. Sharing knowledge between remote labs is indeed a challenge, which we’re working to tackle at Labguru too (www.labguru.com). Your problem is even more complex as research labs and manufacturing labs tend to have different ‘language’ and require different set of tools (we focus solely on research … Continued

Question 2

I’m using different systems in my lab to manage specimen, reagents and files of results from experiments. what are the advantages for working with one system that does it all?

0 0 0 Total: 0 We had the same issue in the lab I worked at – protocols partly printed , others in a shared folder, results scattered on various computers.It was the responsibility of the students for managing it, but it was never easy – especially when you had to find a file (or … Continued

Question 3

Our lab just received a sizable grant and we need to find a way to track who is working on the project and time spent on this project for reporting purposes. How would you recommend that we get started setting up an efficient tracking system.

0 0 0 Total: 0 As different granting bodies require different type of reporting – I would choose a system based two factors – the reports you’ll need to generate and long term aspects for this project – if this project is going to go beyond the scope of the current grant you might want … Continued