At Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19,) we are closely monitoring local health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) and are actively following their recommendations.

We are working diligently to reschedule appointments postponed during the quarantine. We also understand you may feel some anxiety about bringing your child into the hospital. Our plans to restart routine care have been thoughtfully developed and implemented to keep everyone safe. We are also scheduling some appointments for new patients. If you have any questions, please call the hospital at 855-206-2096.

Families that have appointments of any kind are asked to arrive with ONLY ONE parent or guardian and no additional family members or guests.

When you arrive for your appointment, if you and your child are not already wearing a mask, you will receive one. You will both be screened for illness and will notice new safety precautions in place to promote clean hands, a clean environment, and social distancing.

We are here for you, and look forward to seeing you soon.


Research affiliations

Many scientific instruments, resources, or methods are very expensive—too expensive for a single laboratory to afford. Shared facilities are shared resources or laboratories available for use by multiple researchers, providing a cost-effective way to access high-tech equipment and expensive services. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati has multiple shared facilities used by members of the Cincinnati research community, including Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Flow cytometry shared facility

Flow cytometry has applications in basic research, clinical practice, and clinical trials. A flow cytometer is a sophisticated instrument that uses laser technology to measure various properties of cells, including size and activation state. It can also be used to detect the presence or absence of certain proteins inside cells or on a cell’s surface. The flow cytometry shared facility has the ability to use up to five lasers, which permits measurement of up to 20 different parameters of cells.

Histology shared facility

Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues. This usually involves the fixation (to prevent decay) and sectioning (to make ultra-thin slices) of tissue samples to permit detailed structural analysis. Preparation of tissue for histology requires a great deal of training, specialized equipment, and many different types of chemical dyes used to visualize structures within cells.

Clinical research shared facility

Clinical research refers to the testing of new medications, procedures, and devices in patients for safety and efficacy. Clinical research must comply with numerous local and federal regulations to ensure the safe and appropriate treatment of human subjects. Clinical research nurses are knowledgeable about applicable regulations and assist with initiating and conducting clinical trials. Nurses act as liaisons between researchers and clinicians and assist clinicians in planning and conducting experiments in patients, as well as collection and analysis of data.

Data analysis

Data analysis is a critical component of research, whether that research is done at a laboratory bench or in a clinical setting. Statistical analysis uses mathematical methods to identify trends in data and ensures the validity of conclusions drawn from a particular study. For medical and biological research, a biostatistician helps with sample size estimation (determining number of patients needed for a study), data management, and data analysis. The research department employs a staff biostatistician to help researchers involved in both preclinical and clinical research with study design and statistical analysis of data.

Who we are

Karen Domenico
Flow Cytometry

Mary Rolfes, MLT/HT, ASCP

Laura Fowler, RN, BSN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Judy Nelson, RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Nurse

Laura James, MS

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