Research Cores and Shared Facilities

Few academic health centers of our size are fortunate enough to have both a Clinical and Translational Science Award and a cancer center with comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute. These serve as the foundation of our ability to conduct cutting-edge research with an eye toward meeting the specific needs of our communities.

This work rests on an ability to create partnerships with communities to build trust and gain input in identifying key research priorities. In our experience, this is key to conducting studies whose outcomes will have a meaningful human impact.

Our state-of-the-art facility enables us to provide the best possible animal care for all teaching and research programs that use animals.

BRaIN Imaging Center

The Biomedical Research and Integrative NeuroImaging Center is a multimodal integrative neuroimaging facility for CNS pathophysiology research at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Established in 2001 with the support from a NIH COBRE Phase I grant, UNM's BRaIN Center houses a globally unique assemblage of imaging technologies for in-vivo and in-vitro studies – magnetic resonance imaging, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging, and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The facilities are open to all researchers, even ones who aren't studying neurological related diseases.

Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Analytical and Translational Genomics (ATG) Shared Resource (formerly Keck-UNM Genomics Resource, KUGR) provides access to next generation sequencing assays, microarrays, and other genomics technologies coupled with expert bioinformatics analysis. ATG is available for use by all faculty at UNM and its affiliates, and all investigators are encouraged to contact ATG to find out how we can help with their research.

The University of New Mexico Cytometry research group operates a central research facility, bringing together the necessary tools for UNM scientists to perform fluorescent cell analysis, sorting, and High Throughput Screening. The resource provides instrumentation, service, training, computational resources and technical expertise workshops.

The Fluorescence Microscopy Shared Resource aids basic and physician researchers to image samples and publish high profile articles. The Fluorescence Microscopy Shared Resource provides UNM researchers access to state-of-the art instrumentation for multiple fluorescence and transmitted light microscopy techniques.

The Human Tissue Repository and Tissue Analysis Shared Resource (HTR-TASR), which is funded by the Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology, have been set up to facilitate the translational research of the faculty in the Cancer Center, the Department of Pathology, the School of Medicine and across Institutes. These webpages describe the services offered and contact details of people in the HTR-TASR who can help and advice on tissue availability and all aspects of histology and molecular pathology.

Clinical & Translational Science Center

The enterprise of the CTSC informatics core is to harness the research potential of medical records, provide secure storage for human-subjects data, improve research efficiency, develop technologies to support research projects, and share these resources with researchers at the HSC.

The CTSC Biostatistics resource provides all HSC researchers ready access to appropriate expertise in study design, biostatistics, and basic data management through individual consultation with biostatistics faculty.

The mission of the CTSC Community Engagement and Research Core is to provide research infrastructure that supports academic and community stakeholders to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships for effective clinical and translational research.

The mission of the CTSC Participant Clinical Interactions is to provide a flexible and dynamic infrastructure for human subjects research.

The Community Health Network (CHN) was created with the goal to reduce disparities between heath care and research. The network provides an innovative, efficient and accessible enrollment approach to research and clinical trials to diverse and rural populations throughout New Mexico.

DR3N integrates drug discovery and repurposing informatics expertise at the HSC with partners at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of North Carolina, and NCATS. Together, these institutions provide comprehensive drug screening and characterization to complete preclinical studies and present newly rescued, repositioned, or repurposed agents for Phase I/II studies. DR3N builds a pipeline that 1) identifies drugs for rescue, repurposing, and repositioning by experimental, computational, and informatics approaches; 2) provides those drugs for evaluation under GMP conditions; and 3) assists with IND submissions to advance drugs, drug products, and drug delivery platform technologies to patients.

The enterprise of the CTSC Regulatory Support Unit is to support the investigator community in developing regulatory and clinical strategies and fulfilling regulatory requirements for clinical research program along the continuum of clinical, translational, and community research.

The CTSC Translational Laboratory (T-Laboratory) is comprised of 6,000 gsf of wet-lab space, located in the newly renovated UNM CTSC Building. The T-Laboratory offers state-of-the-art equipment and technical assistance with laboratory techniques for UNM HSC investigators. The experienced staff of the T-Laboratory provides specialized laboratory support, customized to meet the needs of the investigators in all aspects of research including protocol/assay development, budget preparation, and testing of patient samples for various assays.

Human Imaging Research Core (HIRC)

The HIRC provides administrative support for research conducted on clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners at the UNM Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services (OSIS) center and at the UNM main hospital.

Based on fee-for-services, the HIRC will provide comprehensive research support to include budget development and pricing for grant submissions, registration and scheduling of research participants, and data transfer. Additional services include protocol development, data anonymization, medical physics QC, and image storage on a dedicated research PACS.

Rural Health Research Support Network

The goal of the Rural Health Research Support Network (RHRSN) is to build productive collaborations to address rural health priorities and accelerate best practices into rural communities.

UC Davis Proteomics Core Facility (PC lab)

For HSC researchers interested in Proteomic services, we have formed a collaboration with UC Davis Proteomics Core Facility (PC lab).