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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Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO)
The Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO) is the umbrella organization for the various offices that support the committees involved in the oversight (non-financial) of the University’s research enterprise.
The mission of the Research Conduct and Compliance Office is to oversee and facilitate the conduct of ethical and regulation-compliant human and animal subject research through an integrated system of research review, audit and educational programs established in a manner that maximizes institutional effectiveness.
The RCCO consists of the following offices: the Institutional Review Board Office, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office, the Conflict of Interest Office, the Education and Compliance Offices for Human Subject Research and Animal Research, the Radiation Safety Office, the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, the Office of Investigator-sponsored IND and IDE Support (03IS), and the Recombinant DNA Office. A description of each of the respective offices is included in this guide.
Rodent Behavior Analysis Core (RBAC)
The Rodent Behavior Analysis Core (RBAC) is a core facility at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. The purpose of the RBAC is to facilitate characterization of the behavioral phenotype of rat and mouse models studied by investigators throughout the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliated centers, institutes, and hospitals. To that end, the RBAC provides:
- advice on the choice and design of behavioral test batteries
- training in the application of behavioral protocols and associated data collection
- access to a wide range of state-of-the-art behavioral testing equipment and paradigms
- advice on basic data management, analysis, and interpretation
Additional Keywords: animal
Small Molecule Biomarker Core (SMBC)
The SMBC utilizes state-of-the-art instrumentation to provide quantitative analysis of specific analytes in clinical samples and method development for analytes where a method does not currently exist. The highly sensitive and specific techniques employed by the Core provide accurate quantitation for multiple biomarkers from the same sample, which maximizes the ability to link basic science with clinical outcomes.
Methods are currently available to analyze many compounds including: cyclooxygenase, CYP450 and lipoxygenase metabolites of arachidonic acid, progestins, estrogens, neurosteroids, and vitamin D metabolites. A more detailed overview, including current methods available from the core, is available at the web site.
Statistics Consulting Center
The Center for Statistics offers statistical consulting services, including design, data summarization, analysis, and interpretation of results. Researchers from various disciplines (within the arts and sciences, as well as clinical research and education) are welcome. Typically, only short-term consulting projects can be undertaken. The consulting is done by graduate students under the supervision of faculty members in the Department of Statistics.
The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE)
The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is the home for the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training programs as well as the home for the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
The ICRE's primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty. We offer degrees in clinical and translational science as well as medical education. We also have numerous career development programs for trainees across the pipeline.
Transgenics and Gene Targeting
The TGT (Transgenic and Gene Targeting) and Innovative Technologies Development (ITD) Cores in the Department of Immunology are a shared resource designed to produce genetically engineered mice for investigators of University of Pittsburgh. Our laboratory provides a broad, comprehensive range of services to investigators.
Keywords: Animal, genetic, vector, CRISPR/Cas9, rederivation, mouse, cryopreserve, knockin/knockout, chimera, chimeric
Unified Flow Core
The Unified Flow Core provides state-of-the-art flow cytometry and cell sorting services to the entire University of Pittsburgh research community as well as researchers at neighboring institutions. A skilled staff provides help with instrument setup, data analysis, and consultation for experiment design. Training is available to enable investigators and their staff to run the analytical cytometers themselves.
The Unified Flow Core has 3 LSR Fortessas (1 bio-contained), 2 LSR IIs, 3 FACSAria cell sorters (2 bio-contained) and 1 ImageStreamx Mark II
University Center for Social and Urban Research
The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) was established in 1972 to serve as a resource for researchers and educators interested in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences. As a hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, UCSUR promotes a research agenda focused on the social, economic, and health issues most relevant to our society.
UCSUR maintains a permanent research infrastructure available to faculty and the community with the capacity to:
- Conduct all types of survey research, including complex Web surveys
- Carry out regional econometric modeling
- Analyze qualitative data using state-of-the-art computer methods
- Obtain, format, and analyze spatial data
- Acquire, manage, and analyze large secondary and administrative data sets including Census data
- Design and carry out descriptive, evaluation, and intervention studies
- Provide information technology services for the collection, management, and analysis of sensitive research data to assure the highest levels of security and privacy.
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)
For a complete listing of research resources available as part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), please link to the UPCI Shared Resources web page.
- Animal Facility
- Biobehavioral Oncology Facility
- Biostatistics Facility
- Cancer Bioinformatics Services
- Cancer Genomics Facility
- Cancer Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics Facility
- Cancer Proteomics Facility (Mass Spectrometry, Luminex)
- Cell and Tissue Imaging Facility
- Chemical Biology Facility
- Cytometry Facility (Analytical cytometry, Flow cytometry, Imaging cytometry, FACS )
- Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory
- Immunologic Monitoring and Cellular Products Laboratory
- In Vivo Imaging Facility
- Investigational Drug Services
- Tissue and Research Pathology Services
University Policy Office
The University Policy Office, under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, maintains the official policies and procedures of the University that are University-wide in scope. Policies define responsibilities and authority, and formalize operations. Procedures provide the necessary instructions and forms for implementing policy.