Endocrine COre REsearch laboratory

​​The Endocrine COre REsearch laboratory (ECORE) was established in 1970 under the leadership of late Dr Nagib Abu Haidar, and current Endocrine Division Head, Professor Ibrahim Salti. ECORE operates within the Endocrine Division of the Department of Internal Medicine, at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. It was the reference laboratory for the performance of all endocrine assays performed at the American University of Beirut until 2008, at which time tests were gradually transitioned to the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory. The ECORE provides specialized hormonal and biochemical quantitative tests for both diagnostic and investigative research purposes, implemented across the American University of Beirut. ECORE is accredited by the Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme (DEQAS​). ECORE is a participant in the Center for Disease Control Vitamin D Standardization Program (CDC-VDSP), and is in part supported by funding from the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. The laboratory is equipped  with state of the art medical instruments and is staffed by highly experienced laboratory technologists. Below is a comprehensive list of routine and specialized endocrine tests performed in the ECORE. Tests for AUB funded research and investigator-initiated protocols are provided at reduced rates. 
 

​Steroid, Protein, Thyroid and Other Hormones 

Test NameRadio immunoassay

RIA
Enzyme Immunoassay

EIA
Electrochemiluminescence
Roche-Cobas 411
Glucocorticoid Axis
ACTHCis-Bio-Cobas 411
CorticosteroneCis-Bio--
CortisolCis-BioEIACobas 411
Free CortisolCis-Bio--
Insulin/Growth Hormone Axis
Anti Gad Antibodies*Cis-Bio--

Insulin

 

Cis-Bio

EIA

 

Cobas 411
C-PeptideCis-Bio-Cobas 411
Growth Hormone

Cis-Bio

 

-

 

Cobas 411

 

IGF-I, IGFBP3DSL--
Sex Steroid Axis
AndrostenedioneDSL--
DHEA-SDSL-Cobas 411
EstradiolCis-Bio-Cobas 411
Follicle-Stimulating HormoneCis-Bio-Cobas 411
Free TestosteroneDSL-Cobas 411
TestosteroneDSL-Cobas 411
Luteinising HormoneCis-Bio-Cobas 411
ProgesteroneCis-Bio-Cobas 411
17 Hydroxy-ProgesteroneCis-Bio--
Thyroid Hormone Axis
Anti-ThyroglobulinCis-Bio-Cobas 411
Anti-MicrosomalCis-Bio-Cobas 411
Free T3, Free T4Cis-BioEIACobas 411
Thyroxine (T4)Cis-BioEIACobas 411
ThyroglobulinCis-Bio-Cobas 411
Tri-iodothyronine (T3)Cis-BioEIACobas 411

TSH

 

Cis-Bio

 

EIA

 

Cobas 411

 

Trab*

 

Cis-Bio

 

-

 

-

 

Other Hormones
GastrinCis-Bio--
MelatoninPhenix--
ProlactinCis-BioEIACobas 411
Adipokines
AdiponectinLinco--
Leptin

Linco

 

--
Ghrelin

Linco

 

-

 

-

 

PYYLinco

-

 

-


 

* Offered as Clinical Tests.

 

 Bone and Cartilage Function Markers

Test Name

Radio immunoassay

RIA

Enzyme Immunoassay

EIA​

Electrochemiluminescence
Roche-Cobas 411
BAP (Ostase + Bone Alk phosphatase)Cis-BioMetra/Quidel-
Bioactive PTH (1-84)Cis-Bio-Cobas 411
CalcitoninCis-BioOsteomarnCobas 411
Intact PINPDSL--
Intact PTHCis-BioEIACobas 411
N-MID OsteocalcinCis-Bio-Cobas 411
PTH (1-34)Cis-Bio-Cobas 411
TRAcP 5b (BoneTRAP)LINCO--
1,25 Dihydroxy VitaminD*IDS--
25 Hydroxy VitaminDIDSEIACobas 411