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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.

The specific aims of this activity are:

1) To expand the research core capabilities in clinical and basic science proteomics from the present number of methodologies to quantitative proteomics by expanding the National and International collaborations and by including Bioinformatics in Proteomics Research.

2) To increase the research productivity of investigators using Proteomics that would lead to improved diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring in health disparities, including HIV and other infectious diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative illnesses by providing a training program in proteomics to local basic and clinical researchers, post-docs, graduate students, and the industry.

The Center long-term goals are to provide a state of the art proteomics core facility and resources for investigators and students in the biomedical sciences, and to improve the number and quality of research projects and publication in the biomedical fields of neuroscience, cancer, heart disease, and infectious diseases. The Center is also committed to increase its capacity to meet the needs of clinical and basic researchers in PR in order to uncover novel mechanisms of disease that affect Hispanic populations.

The RCMI Translational Proteomics Center is located at the Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center in Centro Médico (Laboratory #5). Since special access permits are required to visit the facility, visitors and investigators need to contact Center Staff in advance at Tel 787-772-8300 Ext. 1411. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Instruments operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and access can be provided outside visiting hours by previous appointment.

Scientists with active funding or in the process of submitting a grant proposal and needing assistance with proteomics experimental design are welcomed. Applications for sample analysis are accepted one month in advance. Instruments are available under the supervision of Carla Salgado and Yadira Cantres in a programmed schedule.

To receive information related to the Center activities and accomplishments, please contact us.

Contact
Loyda Meléndez, MT, MS, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
UPR-Medical Sciences Campus
Office Telephone: (787) 758-2525 ext 2816
Laboratory Telephone: (787) 758-2525 ext. 2818
E-mail:loyda.melendez@upr.edu

Laboratory Location
Puerto Rico Cancer Center
Laboratory #5
Puerto Rico Medical Center
Telephone: 787-772-8300 Ext. 1411

Acknowledgement of Funding

This program is funded by RCMI grant G12 MD007600 (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) from the National Institutes of Health.  Please use this number to acknowledge support.

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