Research Resources - All
A variety of research support services are available to assist University of Pittsburgh investigators in advancing their research programs. You can find resources categorically by choosing one of options below or search the entire directory through the keyword search option.
To submit updates, or to request the addition of a resource, please contact Paul Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 648-9618.
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Clinical and Translational Science Institute(CTSI)
The mission of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh is to improve the efficiency with which biomedical advances translate to improvements in the health of the community. CTSI is transforming the process of clinical and translational research through the provision of research and educational resources, thus training and enabling scientists to generate and translate new biomedical knowledge.
- Research Participant Registry
- Regulatory Core
- Clinical and Translational Research Center
- Design Biostatistics and Ethics Core
Clinical Research Informatics Service (CRIS)
The Clinical Research Informatics Service (CRIS) is a service of the Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences. CRIS provides honest broker services for University of Pittsburgh faculty; an honest broker serves as a disinterested intermediary between the researcher and the individual whose data are being studied. The use of the honest broker ensures that the investigator is not interacting with those individuals nor recording any identifiable information about them.
This service allows clinical researchers to obtain relevant data and analysis tools from UPMC databases. CRIS can also assist with identification of anonymized potential research subjects or records using the Medical Archival Retrieval System (MARS).
Conflict of Interest (COI) Office
The University of Pittsburgh has put policies in place - consistent with federal guidelines - that require the reporting and management of the potential conflicts of interest of its faculty, administrators, and staff. The Conflict of Interest Web site makes available COI-related policies and procedures, compliance forms, resource and training materials, and other information on this important issue that will be of interest to the University community.
Dietrich School Scientific Stockroom
The Dietriech School Scientific Stockroom (DSS) is an award winning combined stockroom that opened May 20, 2015. The catalog includes products from the former Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics stockrooms, as well as the Excise Tax Free Ethanol Program all in one convenient location. It is a University owned and run internal scientific supplier with inventory management support from Unity Lab Services. New suppliers and products are added regularly. You can pick up your order in the Chevron building or Langley Hall or have them deliver to your building next day. To Order from the DSS Use the DSS Punch-out on PantherExpress via my.pitt.edu.
326 Chevron Science Center
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
412-624-8551 or 412-624-4260
LANGLEY STATON (alternative stockroom pickup location)
120F Langley Hall/Garage
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)
The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) provides education, training, veterinary and animal husbandry care, and administrative services to support the institution’s animal based research and teaching needs. The DLAR coordinates efforts to provide a humane, quality animal care program in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The programs and facilities are USDA registered, covered under an Assurance with the Office of Lab Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the PHS, and accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). The DLAR forms and guidance documents may be found. Additional animal care policies may be found on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s website.
Drug Discovery Institute (UPDDI)
Vision for the University of PIttsburgh Drug Discovery Institute: Optimizing the discovery and development of new molecular entities through collaborations between faculty, academic centers, corporations and government agencies, together with innovations focused on Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP).
The UPDDI has three major classes of activities: a) integrated programs that apply QSP to metastatic breast cancer, Huntington’s Disease (as a first focus area to be extended to other neurodegenerative diseases) and liver diseases; b) projects based on ligand- or target-centric discovery that are driven by faculty collaborators/ RO1 grants covering many therapeutic areas; and c) translational technology development including companion diagnostics, computational biology/chemistry tools, analytics to identify and quantify heterogeneity in experimental and clinical samples and advanced human tissue models for discovery. The UPDDI is positioned in an outstanding environment to translate key scientific and clinical advances into novel therapeutics.
Education and Compliance Office - For Human Subject Research
The Education and Compliance Office for Human Subject Research (ECO-HSR) provides research compliance services and education for bio-medical and psycho-social researchers in all departments and schools throughout the University. In particular, the ECO-HSR conducts Research Investigator Start-Up Education (RISE) reviews and monitoring sponsor-investigator IND/IDE protocols. In addition, the ECO-HSR program includes a strong research education component. The Pitt Research Network Seminar Series (PRN) is a collaboration between the ECO-HSR and the IRB to provide updated regulatory education and information on “best research practices.” ECO-HSR staff members also provide presentations on good research practices to individual departments upon request.
Education and Compliance Office - For Laboratory Animal Research
The role of the compliance component associated with the Laboratory Animal Research Program is oversight through (a) random protocol reviews, (b) “for cause” protocol audits, and (c) semi-annual site visits to animal housing and use areas. There is a close association between this office and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
Environmental Health and Safety Department
Contact EHS to obtain information and assistance concerning Health and safety within the laboratories and offices at the University. The objectives of the University of Pittsburgh General Health and Safety Program are to:
- identify potential hazards to health and safety at the University of Pittsburgh;
- prescribe suitable means for the evaluation and control of hazards;
- investigate all accidents and institute corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence;
- provide guidance for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and make specific reference to such regulations where appropriate;
- promote health and safety awareness among University faculty, staff, and students by developing and implementing effective training programs to minimize the impact of workplace hazards.
Epidemiology Data Center
The Epidemiology Data Center (EDC) provides a research environment in which complex health questions can be explored and answered using the combined tools of biology and statistics. The EDC establishes collaborations with clinical researchers to design, conduct, and analyze multi-center randomized clinical trials and epidemiologic studies. To contribute to the development of new knowledge, the EDC develops and refines data collection, data management, computing, and statistical methods, with the ultimate goal of advancing treatment and prevention of disease.
The EDC has collaborated in over 100 research studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. At any given time the EDC coordinates data management and analysis activities for 20 to 30 research projects sponsored by federal agencies as well as by industry. The current studies represent a variety of scientific designs including clinical trials, registries, and case control studies.