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Trace element and micronutrient diagnostic and research laboratory

Published on 21 April 2022

This service specialises in the measurement and interpretation of trace elements and vitamins in clinical samples. The Scottish Trace Element and Micronutrient Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (STEMDRL) is provided by the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C).

What does the laboratory do?

The laboratory provides a national analytical and advisory service for a range of nutritional and toxicological problems that involve essential toxic trace elements and vitamins.

These include:

  • copper
  • zinc
  • manganese
  • lead
  • mercury
  • cadmium
  • aluminium
  • nickel
  • chromium
  • arsenic
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • red cell thallium and selenium
  • cobalt
  • plasma copper and zinc
  • blood cobalt and chromium

STEMDRL also provides a service for the determination of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K).

Find further information about STEMDRL on the Trace Elements website.

Lead clinician

Dr Dinesh Talwar, Director and Consultant Clinical Scientist


Department of Clinical Biochemistry
MacEwen Building
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Castle Street
G4 0SF

NSD contact

NSD Specialist Services

Please note that NSD does not directly provide medical services and we won't be able to answer queries about your own care or appointments. If you would like to discuss any aspects of your care, please contact your primary healthcare provider. This might be your GP, Consultant, Nurse or other healthcare professional. They will be best placed to give you the right advice.