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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UPMC Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Support (OSPARS)
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Support (OSPARS) promotes and facilitates the research, education, and outreach missions of UPMC by supporting and administering administration of sponsored programs and sponsor-initiated clinical trials.
OSPARS facilitates sponsored programs and clinical trials by assisting in reviewing and endorsing proposals, negotiating agreements, accepting and authorizing awards, interpreting sponsor rules and guidelines, and providing post-award administration services.
All clinical trials involving UPMC facilities and/or UPMC personnel must adhere to certain policies and procedures. The purview of OSPARS is to facilitate the review, execution, and approval for all industry-initiated clinical trials at UPMC, as well as, investigator-initiated studies led by non-University investigators/staff (e.g., UPMC physicians not having a University of Pittsburgh affiliation, private physicians having no University affiliation).
Virtual Handbook for Researchers with Animal Subjects
The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) maintains this site to provide the research community and those whose research includes animals with information and important links that will assist them in establishing and maintaining robust research programs.
Virus Production (Recombinant)
Viral Vector Production
The Genome Editing, Transgenic, and Virus Core (GETV) facility provides lentivirus, adenovirus and adeno-associated virus vector design assistance and production. The Core maintains an inventory of stock plasmids and viral vectors that are available for a nominal fee.
Lentiviral vectors are produced in 293FT cells using a four plasmid system and are replication defective. Lentiviral vectors prepared using this system can be used at BSL2.
Adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) is produced in 293 cells and all vectors are purified for distribution. Purity is confirmed by SDS-PAGE and densitometry. A certificate of analysis is available upon request. AAV vectors prepared in this way are suitable for work at biosafety level 1 (BSL1).
Adenoviral vectors are produced in 293AD cells and purified for distribution. Adenoviral vectors prepared using this system can be used at BSL2.
For more information and to place an order link to the order form.