The major purposes of the Environmental Health Sciences Core Center Grants (P30) supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), (http://www.niehs.nih.gov are to:

  • enhance research by making technology and expertise available to all faculty members, staff, and students.
  • improve cost effectiveness of services, techniques, and instrumentation used by the member investigators. 

What is a Facility Core?

Facility Cores are one of the major components of federally funded center grants. The Facility Cores provide investigators with access to instrumentation and technical expertise that would be too expensive for an individual researcher to afford. Our funding (National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences) allows the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center to support a number of cores. Many of the SWEHSC's facility cores draw additional support from the University of Arizona Cancer Center or other University of Arizona centers of excellence.

The Facility Cores of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center are:

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Supporting translational research with professional assistance with statistics and machine learning, bioinformatics, data management, and computing.

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The Center’s Human Resources are available to assist members in the planning of environmental health research that is respectful of the needs and cultures of affected populations and peoples. These include:

  • Human Subjects & Population Exposure Resource - The HSPER leverages SWEHSC human studies and exposure assessment experts to provide a central resource for researchers conducting environmental health studies. This includes connecting researchers with local leaders, and providing assistance with identifying, recruiting, and enrolling research participants. We also provide scientific guidance and practical assistance with methodologies for exposure estimation and measurement.
  • Translational Partnerships Resource - The Translational Partnership Resource (TPR), will use the NIEHS Translational Research Framework as a model for facilitating, mapping, and making connections to promote translational research both within the center and in the community

The Center’s Research Intensive Resources are available to assist members in applying a wide range of high-end scientific tools to the research needs of environmental health science. These include:

  • Arizona Lab for Emerging Contaminants Resource - ALEC is dedicated to providing the analytical capabilities and technical expertise required to detect and quantify small contaminant molecules (organic and inorganic) in complex matrices including biological fluids, tissue, water, air, soil, sediment, and biomass.
  • Cellular Imaging Resource - Provides center members with both routine and advanced capabilities in the visualization, quantitation and interpretation of structural and in situ molecular alterations to tissues and cells following exposure to toxicants. Leveraging existing campus core facilities, the Cellular Imaging Resource provides concierge-like assistance to ensure that center members receive the best research outcomes possible. 
  • Inhalation Exposure Resource - The Inhalation Exposure Resource (IER) offers access to inhalation toxicology expertise and a shared facility currently dedicated to rodent Inhalation exposure studies.
  • Integrative 'Omics Resource - The Integrative -Omics Resource provides genome-wide analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins.