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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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. 

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Data Science Resource Resource - Supporting translational research with professional assistance with statistics and machine learning, bioinformatics, data management, and computing.
Implementation Resource for Translational and Human Exposure Research - IRTH uses 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
Inhalation Exposure Developmental Resource - The Inhalation Exposure Resource (IER) offers access to inhalation toxicology expertise and a shared facility currently dedicated to rodent Inhalation exposure studies.

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The Integrative -Omics Resource provides genome-wide analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Whether its expression, mutations, biomarkers, post-translational modifications, molecular weight determinations, or structural analysis, the Integrative -Omics Resource can provide analysis on multiple platforms including next-generation sequencing, real time PCR, microarrays, MALDI-TOF spectrometry, LC-MS, HPLC, chromatography, and electrophoresis. In addition, the Integrative -Omics Resource provides assistance to investigators in experimental design (often in collaboration with the Data Science Resource), sample preparation, and data analysis, interpretation, publication figures, methods, and letters of support.