Reference Laboratory Network

The Reference Laboratory Network (RLN) serves as a support network to CIRN’s five core infrastructure networks. Under PCIRN, the RLN established standardized, cross-validated influenza assays to provide Canada with additional capacity to measure influenza immunity during a pandemic. The RLN also manages a sample archive or sera and other biological samples collected through the CIRN infrastructures and accessible to investigators for future studies.

The RLN is active in 5 cities across Canada: Vancouver (2 sites), Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. The RLN will continue to manage the sample archive and coordinate the matching of laboratory capabilities from participating academic and public health laboratories with CIRN project needs.