Laboratory Animal Research Center

Advancing toward a research core center by conducting animal testing in a scientific and ethical manner

Introduction

Certified by AAALAC International (2001), SMC’s Laboratory Animal Research Center supports biomedical research and clinical trial by providing human resources and physical infrastructure to enable systematic and ethical animal testing. With 6 veterinarians, 4 PhDs in related fields, 14 trainers and technicians and 2 pathologists, the Laboratory Animal Research Center offers customized animal testing services to researchers, while maintaining optimum animal conditions and research environments. Moreover the center promotes good animal welfare practices by maintaining compliance with regulations and monitoring the animal research environments.

The center is equipped with a bio-clean facility capable of breeding up to 20,000 mice and 1,700 rats as well as housing 96 rabbits and 44 pigs. The center has a range of mid-size animal anesthesia equipment, seven sets of monitoring equipment, a less-invasive surgery room (with two tables), a training theater capable of demonstrating microsurgery (10 tables with a microscope and TV monitor set), an inhalation anesthesia equipment for small animals, a surgical microscope and anesthesia equipment for small animals.

To further specialize its support capabilities, the Laboratory Animal Research Center established a mouse phenotyping pipeline and primate technology support system in 2013. In 2013, the mouse phenotyping pipeline completed its first-stage establishment with 13 databases and it is currently performing demo operation service for research mice. The second-stage establishment was complete with 15 databases in 2014, and in 2015, a world-class mouse phenotyping pipeline with a total of 28 databases on nine platforms including ontogeny, neural action, metabolism, circulation, imagery, vision, hearing and tissue pathology will be established.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.