Division of Research Resources
Five major research services are included in the Division of Research Resources: a Translational Proteomics Center, a Center for Translational Genomics, a Translational Neuroscience Program, an Infectious and Global Diseases Program, and a Center for Information Technologies and Telecommunications. The Collaboration and Partnerships Key Activity is also a component of this division. Other specialized laboratories and services which received RCMI support during previous cycles will be sustained using institutional funds and/or funds generated by charge-back systems.
The previous Proteomics Discovery Core Facility transitioned into the Translational Proteomics Center in response to the interest of the Medical Sciences Campus (MSC) to develop translational research. The 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. It also fosters collaborations and partnerships among researchers aiming to reduce health disparities, including infectious diseases, cancer, and neurological/neurodegenerative diseases.
The Center for Genomics in Health Disparities and Rare Disorders (CGHDRH) leverages resources developed during the previous cycle by the Molecular Genetics Core Facility. This strengthens the infrastructure support necessary to conduct collaborative studies on health disparities and promotes the development of a thematic multidisciplinary research team by incorporating a pharmacogenomics approach to the study of rare disorders. The CGHDRH works in close collaboration with the Translational Proteomics Center, the Collaboration and Partnerships Key Activity, and the Translational Neuroscience Program at the Institute of Neurobiology.
The establishment of a Translational Neuroscience Program at the Institute of Neurobiology contributes to a major long-term goal of the MSC, namely, increasing competitive research in the area of molecular neuroscience. A key component of this activity is the development of a bioimaging facility. State-of-the-art equipment has already been obtained from NSF and the Army Research Office (ARO), leveraging RCMI support. This resource adds powerful new research and training capabilities to the Institute of Neurobiology, as well as promotes collaborations with research groups within and outside of Puerto Rico.
The goal of the Infectious and Global Diseases Research Program (IGDRP) is to enhance the research capabilities for multidisciplinary collaborations that will lead to translational research in infectious and global diseases. The strategy to accomplish this goal is to provide access and support to advanced specialized technology that will enhance research capacity and promote activities that will improve interactions between clinicians and basic scientists and stimulate translational research. The IGDRP sponsors an “Infectious Diseases and Global Health Disparities Network” and a seminar series offered by worldwide recognized scientists to further enhance interactions between scientists working in infectious diseases within and outside Puerto Rico.
The Center for Information Technology and Telecommunications provides our researchers with access to updated resources of information and with a computer telecommunications infrastructure that facilitates interdisciplinary research, professional development, and global interactions. This state-of-the-art infrastructure stimulates the growth of research activities that require specialized computer resources and disseminates information about MSC's research capabilities.
The Collaborations and Partnership Key Activity facilitates collaborations and partnerships between the Medical Sciences Campus research community and colleagues of the RCMI Translational research Network (RTRN) and around the world. Activities are developed to increase communications between the MSC research community and global collaborators; optimizing access to RTRN resources by the MSC research community, and enhancing coordination of RTRN activities at the MSC.
Users of RCMI facilities are required to be in compliance with the requirements of the Biosafety, IRB, IACUC and Radioactive Material committees and to certify that the corresponding assurances are active.
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