All services are provided for research purposes only and any services, results, data or products provided (“Deliverables”) are intended for research purposes only. Services are carried out in a research laboratory that is not an accredited diagnostic / clinical laboratory. As such, SPARC BioCentre (Molecular Analysis) will not provide Deliverables for the purposes of obtaining information for diagnosis, prophylaxis or treatment.


Acknowledgment Policy:

SPARC normally neither requires nor requests co-authorship on studies using data generated solely on a fee-for-service basis by our facility. In cases where significant intellectual contributions have been made, co-authorship may be appropriate, following usually-accepted scientific practice.

However, in order to satisfy reporting requirements of our funding partners, and to monitor our scientific impact as a core facility, we require that customers acknowledge work performed by SPARC.

This can be done in either or both of the following ways:

  • In the acknowledgments section of peer-reviewed publications, when SPARC BioCentre (Molecular Analysis) personnel have been especially helpful (in study design, data interpretation, or technology selection), and where the author(s) feel that it is warranted, the following sentence should be incorporated: The authors wish to thank [name of SPARC Molecular Analysis employee(s) and/or director(s)] of SPARC BioCentre (Molecular Analysis), The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada for assistance with [activities or services performed].
  • In the body text of peer-reviewed publications (for example, in Methods and Materials or Results sections), when SPARC BioCentre (Molecular Analysis) has provided a service, the following language should be used: [Service] was performed by SPARC BioCentre (Molecular Analysis), The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.