The college’s facilities in the Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy (HPNP) building provide increased space and resources for a preeminent research program. A large suite of rooms in the Health Science Center serves as research space for investigators with ongoing funded studies.
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was founded in 2008 to speed the translation of scientific discoveries into improved health by strengthening the university’s ability to conduct clinical and translational research. The UF CTSI is supported by multiple NIH grants, most notably a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and by significant institutional support from UF. As a catalytic hub connecting resources, people and ideas, the CTSI expands collaboration and advances translational research across UF’s 16 colleges, the state and the national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium.
Collection, Processing and Distribution of Tissue Samples
The CTSI Biorepository operates in conjunction with the UF Clinical Research Center Processing Laboratory and the Molecular Pathology & Immunology Core to collect, process, distribute and provide histology and immunopathology services for remnant and prospective tissue samples. These samples are collected from patients who have consented to participate in one of our IRB approved research programs. The CTSI Biorepository also oversees the release of tissue from the Department of Pathology for other IRB approved research protocols. The Biorepository offers the following services:
- Tissue procurement, processing (UF CRU Processing Lab) and distribution.
- Prospective tissue collection to meet protocol requirements.
- RNA, DNA and protein extraction and quality control (UF CRC Processing Lab).
- Pathology Services, including those provided by the Molecular Pathology & Immunology Core, and confirmation of diagnosis by a board-certified pathologist.
- Storage and retrieval of investigator samples.
The UF Clinical Research Center provides services in support of inpatient and outpatient research studies involving any disease area or age group, from neonates to older adults. Occupying the first floor of the north wing in the Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB), the UF CRC has a significantly expanded outpatient research facility with 14 exam rooms, two procedure rooms and eight infusion bays plus reception, consenting, phlebotomy, sample processing and lab areas.
The Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research houses the RDCC, which serves as a core research facility, providing scientific services related to clinical database design and management. The RDCC offers the following services: 1) secure, high availability, web-based research data collection, 2) data collection, storage, and analysis, 3) review scientific protocols to develop appropriate data management strategies, 4) form design for web-based and other data capture, 5) database design, 6) quality management and testing of data, 7) medical coding, 8) data entry and cleaning, 9) SQL queries and 10) hosting web applications.
In addition to housing the RDCC, the Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research also houses the Division of Biostatistics, which owns a network of more than 70 UNIX workstations that operate a rich library of software. Faculty here have broad expertise in methodological research, including: clinical trials and epidemiology, study design, survey methodology, decision theory, generalized linear models, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, structural equation models, and diagnostic testing. The Department of Biostatistics provides statistical support for sponsored research in genetics, aging, cancer, imaging, cardiovascular disease, dentistry, nursing, health services research, human development and pharmaceutical research. It is also home to the Research and Biostatistics Consulting Lab, a fee-based consulting service related to optimal development of research design, measurement and analytic strategies; statistical analyses and methodological/statistical review of manuscripts.