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Queen's Cardio Pulmonary Unit (QCPU)

QCPU invites researchers both within and outside of Queen’s University to use state-of-the-art research tools. A highly talented team of staff scientists operate the complex equipment in the unit and provide advice and technical assistance that greatly enhance the chances of obtaining optimal results. All quoted prices include their assistance in performing the experiment. Due to the complexity of certain services, such as genomic analysis, we provide customized quotations to establish the global cost of the project (rather than an hourly rate).

The financial model of QCPU is based on a cost-recovery model. Discounted prices of are offered for Queen’s Academic faculty (compared to external users). Members of the QCPU and members of Department of Medicine (DOM) receive a 10% discount, while young investigators in the first 5 years of their initial academic appointment receive a 15% discount (see Table 1 below).

A SuperUser will:
  • Enjoy a guaranteed 208 hours (SuperUser A) or 104 hours (SuperUser B) of using: the confocal microscope (Leica SP8 Super-Resolution 2-Photon microscope), flow cytometer and sorter (Sony SH-800), and Mass Cytometry (CyTOF: Helios and Hyperion) within a 1-year period;
  • Receive weekly access – guaranteed 4 hours (SuperUser A) or 2 hours (SuperUser B) per week. Additional hours will be dependent on the availability of the equipment;
  • Receive an update of used hours on a quarterly basis.

Super-user eligibility:
  • Faculty appointment within Queen’s University
  • Funded research project
  • An IACUC or IRB approvals, as applicable


Terms of payment:


    • The SuperUser year is determined by the User in coordination with QCPU in the SuperUser Agreement start date
    • If the SuperUser exceeds the usage hours in a year, additional usage will be charged based on the hourly fee
    • Renewal of an agreement will occur 1 year after the agreement’s start date


Hourly users:
  • Payments will be made within 2-3 months of service.

Table 1 and 2 of fee structure



Table 3 Feee structure for Nuclear Imaging