UNC Research Support Service Core Facilities and Resources

 

These pages list our core facilities by areas of focus.  These are brief profiles of the cores; to find more detailed information on each core, including location, contact information, and equipment lists, please check out the facility overview in each core facility listing in our searchable database.

 

Computational


The UNC-CH Center for BioInformatics promotes the use of computational tools for molecular biology, genetics, protein chemistry, and biochemistry research at the University of North Carolina. The center offers in-depth workshops on topics ranging from DNA, RNA and protein sequence analysis to database searching, genomic predictions and molecular modeling.

The Center has  also established a "help desk" that assists University researchers on the use of computers (PC, Macintosh, UNIX), and bioinformatics tools as well as providing expert analysis on database searching, phylogenetics, protein structure prediction, sequence analysis and molecular modeling.

 

Bioinformatics and Statistical Analysis Core, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, enhances the productivity of CIDD investigators and the quality of their research. The core assists IDDRC projects with study design, data management, and statistical analysis.  Assistance ranges from simple consultation to answering specific data management or analysis questions,to collaborative involvement from the design stage through proposal writing, data collection and management, to the publication of results.


Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC): Image Storage and Analysis
core serves to develop new tools for image analysis and to support the image storage and analysis needs of scientists who use the BRIC facilities. So far, this core has developed various novel image segmentation, registration, and multivariate analysis methods, with applications to brain (including MCI, AD, Schizophrenia, and neonate study), heart, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. The facility is open to all users and accepts work from external entities.

 

Lineberger Biostatistics and Clinical Data Management holds regularly scheduled walk-in clinics as well as in-depth consultations and data analysis services.

Research Support

 

The CHAI Core (Communicating Health Applications and Interventions), is a one-stop shop for researchers, with a strong focus on the technologies needed to reach out to today's study participants. Services offered include:

  • Development of websites, including intervention and decision-aid websites
  • Development of web-based/mobile applications
  • Development of back-end databases for research content delivery and data collection
  • Graphic design (including logo, print, and web, and mobile design)
  • Usability and cognitive testing
  • Design and implementation of formative qualitative strategies

 

NC TraCS Data and Analytics offers services to help investigators mine and manage large and diverse data sets using advanced statistical, mathematical and computational techniques.
Access clinical and administrative data from UNC Health Care systems:
* Data Management
* Curated Data Sets
Access fully-hosted, web-based data management services to support clinical trials and clinical & translational research studies
Ensure high quality data capture and compliance

 

UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) Concierge Service provides consultation support for the development, design, and implementation of nutrition and obesity clinical and translational research. The Concierges can assist investigators with developing research plans, preparing grant proposals, manuscripts and protocol reviews, connecting with potential mentors and collaborators, facilitating the development and implementation of pilot projects, and providing navigation through the UNC research infrastructure. Support services are available for Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Clinical Research, Nutrigenomics and Metabolomics. Concierge services are available to all UNC faculty members, however, priority is given to approved members of the NORC.

Clinical Research Support


NC TraCS Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) offers investigators a variety of research support services, including access to inpatient and outpatient examination rooms, a staff of highly-skilled research professionals, an investigators laboratory, nutrition research support, and an oral health research facility. In addition, CTRC staff can assist you with study budgeting, letters of support, and research coordinator orientation.


Nutrition Research and Metabolism Core provides various bionutrition support services for investigators, including:
Research Protocol development
Nutrition intake measurements and subject screening
Development, planning, scheduling and delivery of metabolic and controlled nutrient diets
Research measurements in the Body Composition Core laboratory


Health on Wheels is a mobile medical unit  available to UNC researchers, UNC clinicians and other UNC collaborators, making it possible to bring a small exam room to venues throughout the state.  The medical unit includes an exam table, two blood-drawing chairs, a hand-washing sink and other basic exam room features. The mobile unit provides a comfortable and private setting for conducting medical interventions, including health exams, screenings and interviews.

 

Clinical Research Services, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, provides assistance to (a) investigators with little or no clinical research experience and (b) for studies that may or may not have funding or a protocol in place, including guidance on developing, launching, and problem solving for clinical or translational research studies.


Research Participant Registry Core, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, supports research projects on developmental disabilities at UNC.  UNC researchers who have been approved for IDDRC membership are eligible to access core services.
The Core assists with recruitment, public relations and referral source development, and grant preparation, and  maintains confidential databases of people who want to be contacted about research studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, links eligible participants with research studies, and keeps registry members informed about the latest advancements in research at UNC.

 

NC TraCS Data and Analytics offers services to help investigators mine and manage large and diverse data sets using advanced statistical, mathematical and computational techniques.
Access clinical and administrative data from UNC Health Care systems:
* Data Management
* Curated Data Sets
Access fully-hosted, web-based data management services to support clinical trials and clinical & translational research studies
Ensure high quality data capture and compliance

Materials

 

The ESE Research Design Center is a unit within the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.  Originally formed in 1965 as an instrument shop, the Design Center has evolved over the years and now provides a full range of engineering and scientific design and fabrication services.  With the elimination and consolidation of virtually all of the on-campus instrument shops, the Design Center provides a unique resource to researchers in a broad range of disciplines. Contact the core director, Glenn Walters, at 919-966-3531 or

Chemistry Department Electronics Facility provides consultation, electronic circuit research and development and construction services, repair, maintenance, and trouble-shooting, primarily to the Chemistry Dept., but also to other UNC departments.

 

Chemistry Department Glass Shop is a full service shop primarily engaged in the design and fabrication of specialized scientific glassware as well as repairs and modifications of existing glassware.

The Glass Shop has on hand virtually all sizes of borosilicate (Pyrex and Kimax) glass tubing ranging in size from 2 mm up to 178 mm in diameter. All sizes of commonly used ground glass joints and a large selection of both glass and Teflon stopcocks are maintained in a large inventory. A smaller selection of quartz tubing and ground joints are also maintained in stock. Special items can be ordered if necessary.

Equipment in the facility includes a 8 1/4 inch bore glassblowing lathe, two smaller glass blowing lathes, drilling, cutting, and grinding equipment.We also have ultrasonic and spot welding capabilities. Annealing ovens for both borosilicate and quartz apparatus are available, as well as a vacuum system for producing evacuated glass or quartz vessels. We also have experience in the silver plating of apparatus for vacuum use.

We have experience with a large variety of materials used in glassware fabrication including glass to metal seals, fritted glass, and transition glasses.

Eligible Users: Department of Chemistry as well as other UNC departments and outside organizations.

 

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