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Granite Animal Orders

May 16, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

This is a reminder that the implementation of the Topaz Elements product will take place between June 2, 2016-June 8, 2016.  Please see the attached email sent from Dr. Byerly on May 10, 2016 regarding this process. We would like to provide some additional information to assist you during this system upgrade.

To ensure that your animal orders are processed in a timely manner and with as little impact to your studies as possible, we ask that you please place all animal orders for the month of June in Granite no later than May 27, 2016. We recognize that this is a challenging request and thank you for your cooperation. In the event that you need to place an order while the system is not available, please contact CCM at clac@uchc.edu to obtain a paper order form.  The Office of the Vice President for Research will be offering eRA training sessions regarding animal orders, which we urge all staff to attend. More information about these sessions will be provided to you shortly.

After the system upgrade is complete, department administrators/financial personnel will need to access invoices directly from Elements.  Invoices will no longer be transmitted via email. Accounts for staff who were not previously in Granite have been created and those staff will be given access to Topaz Elements. Index numbers will be uploaded from Banner to Elements on a nightly basis.  We will associate the current admin/fiscal staff with your account numbers.  Please provide the Center for Comparative Medicine with the appropriate staff member’s information upon new account setup, so that the staff member can access invoices through the system.

It is imperative that staff are aware of the procedure for stopping census.  When a cage is no longer needed, the card/tab associated with that cage must be placed in the stop census box, or charges will continue to accrue.

Topaz Elements improves upon the process for ordering future cage cards.  With Elements, cards are ordered via a fillable pdf order form, which is available on the CCM website at: http://research.uchc.edu/animal/ccm/. The form should be submitted to CCM at clac@uchc.edu

Cards will be available for pickup in the CCM office as usual.

The CCM website is restricted to those employees/researchers who have access to Topaz Elements.  If you are unable to access our website, please contact us at clac@uchc.edu to be granted access.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we implement this important system upgrade. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Ramaswamy M. Chidambaram, DVM, PhD, DACLAM Director
Center for Comparative Medicine
Office of the Vice President for Research
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Topaz/Granite (IACUC Protocol/CCM Ordering) System Upgrade

May 13, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to share details regarding the Topaz upgrade announced recently.  As a result of this upgrade, Topaz Enterprise and Granite will be replaced with a new web-based Topaz product called Topaz Elements. Animal Protocols, Animal Ordering and Animal Billing are application modules within Topaz Elements.

In order to complete the Topaz upgrade, the system will be unavailable between 4:00 PM June 2, 2016 and 4:00 PM June 8, 2016.  If during this time you have animal care or IACUC issues or needs that would normally require the use of the Topaz system, please contact either the IACUC (860-679-3429, ooacc@uchc.edu) or CCM directly (860-679-2731 or clac@uchc.edu).

As a part of the upgrade, certain process changes will be implemented, some of which are driven by the new features that Elements offers, some of which are process improvements.

In order to fully understand these process changes and improvements, we recommend that all research staff who write protocols and place animal orders attend training sessions provided by the OVPR. These sessions will be offered beginning in June. Click here for session dates, times, and registration information.

We thank you for your cooperation while we conduct this upgrade. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Wesley G. Byerly, Pharm.D.
Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Regulatory Affairs
Office of the Vice President for Research
PHONE 860-679-2230


Topaz Elements Upgrade Highlights

  • User Support: eRA Help Desk will provide full help desk support for Topaz Elements users, including but not limited to user account requests and technical issues support. eRA Help Desk’s  Contact Information: era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.
  • System Access: Users will no longer need to access Topaz via Citrix. Topaz Elements can be accessed from web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Safari. Please note: Google Chrome is not an approved browser to access Topaz Elements.
  • User Log-in: Post upgrade, Topaz Elements users will use their UConn Health domain IDs and passwords to log in. All Topaz users must have a UConn Health domain ID. Each individual can only maintain one Topaz Elements user record. The user account request will continue to be submitted via the Online User Account Request process at http://uar.uchc.edu/
  • Protocol Submission and Approval: There are no significant system functionality changes and no process changes.
  • Animal Orders, Cage Cards and Billing.
    • Animal Orders. There are no significant changes to the animal order system process, except that users will have separate entries for male, female and either genders to choose from the vendor catalog Strain/Stock/Breed (SSB). The same information will be required, however, the form will have a different appearance.In order to ensure a smooth system transition, the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) asks that you place all animal orders for the month of June in Granite no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, May 27, 2016. This allows our staff adequate time to process orders before the migration of data to the new system. During our system upgrade, if you have an order that must be placed, CCM will provide a paper version of our animal order form, which may be completed and emailed to clac@uchc.edu.
    • Cage Cards – CCM will no longer be able to create barcode stickers for the labs that print their own Colony Management cage cards. CCM also cannot allow labs to create and print their own barcodes due to a history of related billing problems. The CCM cage card and barcode will have to appear in plain sight in order for staff to scan the cages.  You may still use your lab created cage cards, but they will have to be placed behind the CCM standard cage card; or you may adjust the size of your card so that it does not cover the CCM barcode. Please contact CCM with any questions or clarifications prior to the upgrade at 860-679-2731 or clac@uchc.edu.
    • Billing – PIs and financial/administrative staff will now be able to access Elements directly in order to review and print monthly invoices, and will no longer receive invoices via email. The invoice preview, change and finalization process will remain the same.

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Translational Research and Academic Drug Discovery Workshop

Thursday January 14, 2016, 5-6:30 PM, UConn Health, EG013

UConn Heath and Storrs basic and clinical scientists and clinicians interested in translational research, particularly drug discovery, are invited to join this event aimed at supporting innovative proposals for the translation of research into commercial products. The workshop will be co-lead by Professors Dennis Wright, Medicinal Chemistry Storrs and Sandra Weller, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Farmington and Dr. Karen Woodward, Industry Liaison, Technology Commercialization Services, University of Connecticut.

Recently announced funding mechanisms (PITCH and SPARK) support innovative proof-of-concept studies that facilitate the eventual translation of basic science research discoveries into therapies.

The workshop will help you develop winning proposals and will address:

  • How to facilitate the formation of scientific teams including basic and clinical scientists to better compete for the PITCH and SPARK programs.
  • How to identify and validate appropriate targets for drug discovery
  • The valuable role of academic research centers in drug discovery
  • Target drugability: small molecule and biologics perspectives

Who should attend: Clinicians and Basic Scientists with interests in academic drug discovery and willing to work through collaborative partnerships. We encourage clinicians who have specific knowledge in unmet therapeutic needs, clinical practice and clinical trial design AND basic scientists with projects of biomedical importance amenable to drug discovery.


About PITCH: Program in Innovative Therapeutics for Connecticut’s Health (PITCH) is a collaboration between the two campuses of UConn (UCONN Health and UCONN Storrs) and Yale designed to translate laboratory discoveries made in the laboratory into therapeutic strategies and diagnostics that can be used to treat and cure disease and improve human health. PITCH supports the identification of appropriate biological targets, the first step in a successful drug discovery pipeline. Appropriate targets for drug discovery are proteins or processes that are involved in causing disease. Deadline March 1, 2016. http://pitch.yale.edu/

About SPARK: The SPARK Technology Commercialization Fund is offered by The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), in collaboration with the School of Medicine, to fund proof-of-concept studies that will facilitate translation of research discoveries into eventual product commercialization. Deadline February 19, 2016. http://research.uconn.edu/2015/12/03/uconn-spark-technology-commercialization-fund/