Biochemical laboratory

The biochemical laboratory at the Chair of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Konstanz specialises in the analysis of saliva and plasma samples in order to assess different endocrine and metabolic parameters.

Furthermore, our lab also provides students the opportunity to independently analyse the saliva and plasma samples that they themselves collected during their research from human subjects. Bachelor, master and doctoral candidates can take advantage of this facility and relevant equipment, and the service includes an introduction into the various assay procedures utilised at our chair.

A modern-enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) microplate reader is made available for this purpose. The following are some of the various immunoassays that can be carried out:

  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
  • Luminescent immunoassay (LIA)
  • Dissociation-enhanced lanthanide fluorescence immunoassay (DELFIA)

These tests can be used to determine different analytes within saliva and plasma samples. The main focus in our training laboratory is on the following endocrine and autonomic nervous system parameters:

  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
  • Cortisol
  • Testosterone
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone