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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Institutional Biosafety Committee
The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Biosafety (IBC) Committee is responsible for reviewing and ensuring compliance with the NIH Guidelines on all research activities that involve recombinant DNA (rDNA) including human gene transfer clinical trials.
For guidance on export of dual-use research items, please contact the Office of Research.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Pittsburgh is an appropriately constituted administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities. In accordance with the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (in order to approve) or disapprove all research activities involving humans that fall within its jurisdiction.
Internet Based Studies in Education and Research
The program provides training to individuals in the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and its affiliated institutions, who wish to participate in biomedical and medical research and clinical activities. Currently, the program has developed modules relating to Responsible Conduct of Research, Patient Safety & Risk Management, Safety Training and UPMC Related Training.
Investigational Drug Service - UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
The Investigational Drug Service (IDS), UPMC Department of Pharmacy, evaluates planned procedures for ordering, receipt, storage, preparation, dispensing, and billing of drugs used in research studies. The IDS also evaluates procedures to ensure compliance with informed consent documentation, and the provision of critical information on investigational new drugs to the Study Coordinators, Investigators and Pharmacy Staff.
Luminex Core Laboratory
This facility uses the Laboratory Multianalyte Profiling (LabMAP™) system developed by Luminex Corporation. It is a flexible, easy-to-use protein analysis system that permits the simultaneous quantitative analysis of up to 100 different proteins, peptides, or DNA molecules in a single microtiter well. Multiplexing enables a comprehensive overview of complex biological systems and the inclusion of in-process controls using a minimum amount of sample. Potential applications include:
- functional genomics
- validation of drug leads
- secondary screening
- absorption and distribution
- high-throughput ELISA and Western blot assays.
The UPCI Luminex Core Laboratory can process and analyze samples using commercially available manufactured kits or unique Core developed kits. The UPCI Luminex Core Laboratory can also develop custom analyte Luminex assays using investigator-supplied antibodies and a protein standard.
The CBP/Pharmacology Machine Shop provides consultation, design and fabrication services to School of Medicine investigators who need specialized devices for experimental use and specialized clinical devices. The Shop personnel can diagnose and repair mechanical scientific machinery and equipment, and working in conjunction with the CBP/Pharmacology Electronics Shop, can also address the repair of electronically controlled scientific machinery and equipment. Services are fee based and an account is required at the time of request of service.
Magee Womens Research Institute (MWRI) Core Services
For information about each of the MWRIF Core services please go to their web pages or email at the links below.
Flow Cytometry Research Core Web Link
Genome Editing, Transgenic & Virus (GETV) Core Web Link
Histology & Micro-Imaging Core Web Link
Obstetric Specimen Procurement Unit (OSPU)
Magee Obstetric Medical and Infant (MOMI) Database Web Link
Clinical Research and Translational Center (CTRC) Web Link
Office for Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS)
The University of Pittsburgh Office for Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS) is a combined service of the Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Research Conduct and Compliance Office; established for the purpose of providing assistance to University researchers involved in the development and submission of investigator-sponsored Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs) for acceptance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the conduct of clinical research studies under such FDA-accepted applications and exemptions. Contact Mr. Dennis Swanson, RPh, MS, Director, O3IS.
Office of Academic Career Development
OACD is dedicated to providing professionals in the schools of the health sciences (the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) with the professional tools, resources, and support they need to achieve their full potential as leaders in biomedical research, education, and clinical practice. As a model for comprehensive academic career development programs internationally, OACD seeks to empower the academic health science community, including graduate and medical students, postdoctoral associates and scholars, residents, clinical associates, and faculty by providing academic career development guidance, training, and support.
Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences
The Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences (OCR) promotes the growth of clinical research within and across the six schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The OCR’s mission is to facilitate promotion of an interdisciplinary collaborative environment that fosters the translation of research to the community. A successful collaborative environment will increase the institution’s competitiveness for clinical and translational research initiatives, promote the development of junior clinical investigators, facilitate participant recruitment into clinical research studies, and improve health in the community by increasing access to university-based and medical system-wide clinical research. In addition, OCR provides research-related resources for participants, investigators and research staff.
The Office offers a number of services including the Study Design and Statistical Consultation Service (including assistance with study design, data collection methods and data analyses), an Institutional Data and Safety Monitoring Board (IDSMB), and assistance in participant recruitment. In addition, OCR provides education and training resources for investigators, coordinators and other key personnel involved in clinical research. The OCR website provides information on these as well as clinical research studies currently being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh.