1. Request Forms

2. Create the Order in the NUCORE system

  • Access the NUCORE system https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities
  • Log into the NUCORE system (NU Network ID and password is the same for NUCORE). Please contact NUCORE Support nucore@northwestern.edu if you do not have a NUCORE account or if you are unable to log in.
  • Locate and click the MHPL link on the HOME tab
  • Select and click the HISTOLOGY SERVICES line from the SERVICES section
  • Click the ADD to CART button
  • Select an appropriate payment source when prompted
  • The CART screen will display.  Click the PURCHASE button
  • Click the OK button when prompted to confirm the order
  • The NUCORE system will generate an Order Receipt that contains a 12 digit order number.  Print the Order Receipt page or make note of the order number

Provide the Order Receipt (or the NUCORE Order Number) and the Requisition Form to the MHPL staff when the samples are delivered to the Core.

3. For External Including Lurie Children’s Hospital Customers

Please create a purchase order (PO) and provide us a copy it. If you plan on placing multiple orders with our Facility, we recommend that a blanket/open purchase order be created.  A blanket PO will allow you to continuously place orders against the same PO eliminating the need to create a PO every time that you place an order.  Please have the payments sent to the following address:

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Northwestern University 676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60611 Attn: Renay Wilson-Brown.

When submitting a new PO, email Elena Aristide  to request that the PO be added to the NUCORE system. Orders cannot be placed using the NUCORE system if the PO is not set-up in the system.  Also provide the following information in the request:

  • Investigator name, email address and phone number
  • Technician name, email address and phone number
  • (Optional) Financial Administrator name, email address and phone number
  • The Institution’s Accounts Payable Department mailing address, email address and phone number

Please contact NUCORE Support (nucore@northwestern.edu) if you need assistance using the NUCORE system or encounter any issues when placing an order.

4. Tips for Submission

Cassette Labeling

  • Always use a Pencil for labeling, reference: PENCIL MRKNG TISSUE-TK II PK12; VPR: 25608-822. Any marker or ink will be washed away with the histology reagents during processing and staining.
  • Make sure the list of specimen identification is submitted.
  • We suggest that you use a simple accession no. (Such as 10-24A, 10-24B), shorter than 12 characters, anything greater will not fit the length of our slides.

Paraffin Section Instructions

  • Size of specimens: Tissue should be trimmed to fit embedding molds before bringing to MHPL.
  • Fixation: at least 20 times greater than tissue volume; 24-48hours in formalin recommend.
  • Sections (unless otherwise specified): slides will be cut at 4 microns; one section per slide.
  • Additional: Please bring slide boxes to the lab when you deliver tissue or one can be provide for an extra fee.

Frozen Section Instructions

  • Specimens: Freeze tissue in OCT before bringing to MHPL; Cutting surface should be placed down in the mold; Transport on dry ice only. DO NOT use crushed ice.
  • Sections (unless otherwise specified): one section per slide
  • Pick-up: Please bring dry ice when picking up frozen tissue and prepared slides.
  • Additional: Please bring slide boxes to the lab when you deliver tissue or one can be provide for an extra fee.

5. We will email you when your work is complete

If you have any questions, contact us at: Tel: (312) 503-2679 ; MHPL@northwestern.edu