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Core Laboratories at University of Puerto Rico

This is a summary list of all core laboratories at University of Puerto Rico . The list includes links to more detailed information, which may also be found using the eagle-i search app.

AABRE Program: Human Genetics Center


The lab has the following general goals: 1. To strengthen the scientific interactions between basic scientists and clinicians from the MSC and to enhance collaborations with international scientists working in molecular biology, human genetics, and infectious diseases; 2. To provide training, education, and support for the development of young scientists as well as established basic and clinical researchers with participation of internationally recognized leaders in the field; 3. To establish a centralized DNA, plasma and cell banking facility for storage of clinical samples from human blood or skin biopsies; 4. To provide basic services in molecular biology and human genetics; and 5. To initiate webcasting of training sessions in specialized areas in collaboration with the Center for Information Architecture in Research.

Analysis Resource Center, Confocal Microscopy Core Laboratory


The purpose of this lab is to provide researchers and their staff with an accessible, state-of-the-art facility for qualitative and quantitative image analysis, and to provide access to confocal microscopes.

Animal Resources Center


The Animal Resources Center (ARC) is a part of the Unit of Comparative Medicine at the Medical Sciences Campus (MSC) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), committed to offer quality services to the university community and private entities, which through an accredited and properly regulated facility, and highly qualified personnel, provides care and maintenance of animals to be used in research.

Biomedical Informatics Research Core


The bioinformatics core will carry out its mission of enhancing biomedical research in Puerto Rico by providing resources for research, education and training. These resources will work to advance these specific aims: 1. enhance biomedical research in PR by providing researchers with the bioinformatics tools and technical support they require to perform cutting-edge biomedical research; 2. enhance the computational biology research environment in Puerto Rico by establishing research collaborations with biomedical, computational and mathematics researchers; 3. enhance multidisciplinary research by developing new courses and educational materials in computational biology, statistics and bioinformatics in collaboration with research faculty and the Science and Technology Competency Enhancement (STCE) Core; 4. enhance research by promoting advanced networking between PRAABRE member institutions, to enable collaborative research on and off the island; 5. enhance biomedical research by promoting effective access to scientific literature and databases for the biomedical researchers in PRAABRE; and 6. enhance biomedical research by enabling effective management of bibliographic information by fostering the use of bibliographic software and applying it to literature searches, articles and references management and manuscript writing.

Cayo Santiago, Caribbean Primate Research Center


Cayo Santiago is one of the world's most renowned field sites for short term and longitudinal non-human primate studies. Its unique research value consists of:a stable and minimally disrupted long-term population management policy which allows investigators to plan and conduct longitudinal studies, an extensive and detailed computerized demographic database on the colony that provides information on individuals dating back to 1957, and DNA fingerprinting which is applied to confirm maternal and paternal relatedness of individuals.

Center for Drug Information and Research


The CDIR serves as the focal point for drug information, research, education, and service within the University of Puerto Rico - School of Pharmacy. The CDIR is the first academic-based research center in Puerto Rico solely dedicated to provide answers to drug related information inquires, health service research support consultations, and the development, implementation and evaluation of pharmacy educational programs. The mission of the CDIR is to improve drug therapy in Puerto Rico through drug information services, and educational, clinical and novel research initiatives.

Center for Genomics in Health Disparities and Rare Disorders

Confocal Microscope Facility

Conrado F. Asenjo Library


The most comprehensive health sciences collection in Puerto Rico.

Department of Environmental Health Core Laboratory


The department provides services and has a lab that provides a physical space for equipment and research by the faculty.

MBRS-SCORE Research Facility


The long-range objective of the MBRS SCORE Program at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC) is to develop productive health-related research programs among faculty, contribute to a supportive campus research environment, and stimulate under-represented minority students to enter careers in biomedical research. MBRS SCORE Program funding provides faculty an opportunity to generate sufficient data to present research results at national and international research forums, publish in peer-review journals, and apply for independent research support. The Program encourages the participation of developing investigators from throughout the Medical Sciences Campus with the expectation that this support will empower them to compete on a more equal basis with researchers from more gifted institutions.

Maternal Infant Study Center


The center is dedicated to scientific research, training of health professionals and service to women who live with AIDS. The program offers patients with a multidisciplinary team that provides medical, gynecologic-obstetrics, psychiatric, psychological and social work services. Also we provide research clinics with new medicines related with HIV.

Medical Mycology Laboratory

Pharmaceutical Science Research Support Unit


The Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Support Unit responds directly to the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. Its mission is to promote research by making available to offering our investigators instruments such as HPLCs, GC-MSs, NMR, among others and facilitating physical complementary spaces.

Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium, Biostatistic Core Laboratory


The goal of the Biostatistical Support Service is to provide investigators expert advice on proper study design and data analysis. The support includes consults with the center biostatistician, faculty consultants from the School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, and use of statistical software.

Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium, Core Laboratory


The core laboratory facility has the necessary equipment to provide each study with the initial specimen processing and handling required for shipping to a reference laboratory and for storage and maintenance at a sample repository. Laboratory procedures provided by the core laboratory are intended for research use only,and not for diagnostic; it may provide other specialized services for specific protocols on a case by case basis.

Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium, Nursing Services


These facilities contain three examination/study rooms, two gynecological examination rooms, two infusion rooms, one dental room, and one record room.

Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium, Patients Coordinator Services


Patient Coordinator Services is responsible for scheduling the subjects for the research-related appointments; her goal is to facilitate the participation of the subjects in the clinical studies in collaboration with the research staff and the investigators.

Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium, Research Subject Advocate


The Research Subject Advocate's main responsibility is to assure that all steps are taken throughout any clinical research activity to protect the participating subjects and to ensure that their safety is given the highest priority. Also it is her responsibility to assure that all investigators/collaborators and CRC personnel are managing patient health information according to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.

RCMI Center for Genomics in Health Disparities and Rare Diseases


The long-term goal of the Center for Genomics in Health Disparities and Rare Diseases (CGHDRD) is to provide the critical environment that will enable high quality translational and biomedical research in pharmacogenomics, human genetics and genomics, molecular biology. We aim to develop and strengthen a collaborative research environment by providing research infrastructure that supports the focal areas of research at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC), which encompass common diseases such as cancer, neurological and cardiovascular disorders as well as rare disorders, by improving the human and physical resources. The Center focuses these initiatives on externally funded, interdisciplinary, collaborative projects which enhance the quality of translational, biomedical and clinical research at the Medical Sciences Campus linked to health disparities and rare disorders in Puerto Rico and nationally. Collaborations with researchers at institutions outside of Puerto Rico or other RCMI institutions, as well as other academic units in the island and in the UPR system are encouraged.

The Center provides the necessary expertise to apply high throughput genotyping, expression profiling and sequencing technologies at the UPR-MSC. Specialized technical staff trains researchers at different levels of their scientific careers in supported technologies. Novel DNA and RNA isolation methodologies are applied to a diverse group of organisms and biological samples for nucleic acids sequence analysis in general.

RCMI Central Electron Microscopy Unit


"This lab maintains and operates electron microscope facilities for the faculty, investigators and students of the Medical Sciences Campus for research, training and diagnosis."

Service charges apply. Contact lab for details.

RCMI Community Engagement Core

RCMI Flow Cytometry Unit


The specific objectives of this unit are to provide access to flow cytometry technology resources to investigators, students, and technical personnel; to train users in the utilization of flow cytometry; instrumentation and in its multiple applications in biological research; to provide basic technical support in flow cytometry methodology to interested users of the facility, and to encourage the development of new methodology and applications in the area of flow cytometry. Provides specialized seminars in flow cytometry basic and clinical applications.

RCMI Infectious and Global Diseases Research Program


The goal of the Infectious and Global Diseases Research Program (IGDRP) is to enhance the research capabilities for multidisciplinary collaborations that will lead to translational research in infectious and global diseases. The strategy to accomplish this goal is to provide access and support to advanced specialized technology that will enhance research capacity and promote activities that will improve interactions between clinicians and basic scientists and stimulate translational research. The IGDRP sponsors an “Infectious Diseases and Global Health Disparities Network” and a seminar series offered by worldwide recognized scientists to further enhance interactions between scientists working in infectious diseases within and outside Puerto Rico.

RCMI Integrated Informatics Core

RCMI Shared Instrumentation Facility (Core Labs)


These laboratories house large, relatively expensive research instruments, which are shared among the faculty, students and staff on campus.

RCMI The Center for Information Technologies and Telecommunications


The overall goal of the Center for Information Technologies and Telecommunications (CentIT2) is to provide specialized information technology services to support research, professional development and global interactions at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Collaboration from other information technology units from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (MSC) and from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) System has been secured to provide access to their unique assets when necessary, avoiding duplication of resources.

RCMI Translational Neurosciences Program


A major objective of the Translational Neuroscience Program (TNP) is to provide a platform that integrates existing research resources and promotes collaboration between the basic and clinical neurosciences at the UPR-MSC. This program also increases interactions between MSC investigators and (1) neuroscientists throughout the UPR system (eleven campuses), (2) investigators associated with additional RCMI-supported disciplines (infectious disease, pharmacogenomics, proteogenomics), and (3) numerous partnering groups including the IDeA initiatives that support investigation at primarily undergraduate institutions.

RCMI Translational Proteomics Center


The Translational Proteomics Center provides training, resources, and tools for new and established investigators seeking to use innovative approaches of proteomics to their research, as well as to undergraduate and graduate students in the biomedical field. The Center fosters collaborations and partnerships among researchers aiming to reduce health disparities, including infectious diseases, cancer, and neurological/neurodegenerative diseases.

Currently located at the second floor of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Laboratory # 5.

Sabana Seca Field Station, Caribbean Primate Research Center


The Sabana Seca Field Station (SSFS) is the administrative headquarters for the Caribbean Primate Research Center, or CPRC. This area contains offices, a clinic, and laboratories for reproductive biology and bone densitometry, necropsy and maintenance buildings. It houses rhesus monkeys from the CS colony or from the CS genetic line.

Virology Laboratory


Research interests include: immunogenicity and protective efficacy of multi-clade consensus ENV SHIV virus-like particle vaccine, cellular innate activation as a tactic to prevent HIV-1 transmission, molecular changes after serial DV infections in macaques, and immunization of rhesus macaques with a dengue vaccine candidate based on a Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE) replicon vector.

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