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Resource Providers at Howard University

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Biobehavioral Core Laboratory

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

The Biobehavioral Core Laboratory houses the facilities for clinical exercise physiology and psycho-physiological research. The Clinical Exercise Physiology Research facility is equipped with a Cosmed Quark b2 metabolic cart and Cosmed electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment that is programmed into a Burdick Treadmill. This is used for performing graded exercise tests to assess risk for cardiovascular disease and functional work capacity training. An Ergoline 500 medical ergometer is used for exercise testing when a cycle ergometer is needed. In addition, the laboratory has 3 other treadmills that are used exercise intervention training programs. The Psychophysiology component consists of 3 computers (Dell Desktop Pentium 4, Gateway Pentium 4, and Toshiba Portege Tablet PC Pentium III). One desktop is used for data acquisition, one for data analysis and the third for internet usage. There is a surveillance camera (Security Labs) that is used to monitor participants as they take part in study tasks. To collect impedance cardiograph data, the HIC-2002 Impedance Cardiograph is used along with the COP –Win 5.10 USB version cardiac output program for windows. This equipment is designed to measure a variety of cardiovascular measures (heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, pre-ejection period, left ventricular ejection time, total ejection period, and heather index). The Dinamap Vital Signs Monitor (Model 1846 SX) is used to assess systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. Lastly, a number of psychological tasks are also included in the lab such as the Automatic Mirror Tracer (Model 5403), the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (3 rd Edition Form IIIA and Form IIIB) and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task for Windows.



Biostatistics Core

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

The Biostatistics Core is a resource for Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC) that provides statistical and computer/data management support services to affiliated members. Members of the Biostatistics Core provide advice in matters of design, randomization, power analysis, data processing, quality control, database development and management and statistical analysis in clinical and population based studies. The Biostatistics Core aims at excellence in biostatistical and methodological issues related to cancer studies and to advocate proper use of statistics, data monitoring and data analysis.



CCBB

Type: Center

Summary:

CCBB is a state-of-the-art center equipped with the necessary computer hardware, software and personnel for the support of computational biology and bioinformatics research at Howard University.



Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB)

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) Laboratory of Molecular Computations and Bioinformatics (LMCB) is a resource facility dedicated to the support of computational biomedical research at Howard University. The objective of the laboratory is to provide molecular modeling, molecular dynamics, bioinformatics, and computational quantum chemistry capabilities and support to a variety of research projects at Howard University.



Center for Infectious Dieseases Management & Research

Type: Center

Summary:

The Howard University Collaborative Alcohol Research Center was established in September 1997 to stimulate, strengthen, and facilitate multidisciplinary research and collaborations that will lead to the reduction of alcohol morbidity and mortality among minority populations with emphasis on the African Americans.

The Center currently operates under the theme, “Biological Determinants of Alcohol Action in Minorities”. Since its inception, the Center has funded 23 research projects which include studies in basic science and studies involving human research. In addition, graduate education, faculty development, science education, and community outreach are also components of the center.



Center for Sickle Cell Disease

Type: Center

Summary:

Howard University's Center for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) was founded by the late Dr. Roland B. Scott in 1971 to address the needs of patients and families in the Washington Metropolitan area affected by SCD. The Center is committed to a six-fold goal that includes comprehensive medical care, research, testing, education, counseling, and community outreach. Recently, the Center has expanded its clinical research program and developed a collaborative consortium with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) and in working together with Howard University Hospital and NIH we are the Washington area’s leading provider of patient services for SCD.



College of Medicine

Type: College

Summary:

Founded in 1868, the College of Medicine takes pride in its long and illustrious history of training students to become competent and compassionate physicians who provide health care in medically underserved communities. While the College offers excellent research and research training opportunities, the major emphasis is on preparing students to deliver patient care in communities that have a shortage of physicians and public health professionals.

The College living alumni, more than 4,000, are a testimony that an excellent medical education can be obtained at Howard. Although opportunities for minority students have increased at other medical schools, the College uniquely addresses the special health care needs of medically underserved communities and continues to produce a significant number of the nation's minority physicians.

The College is a part of Howard University, a comprehensive research university. While the University community has traditionally been predominantly black, Howard has been an interracial and cosmopolitan institution throughout its history, with students, faculty and staff of all races and from many foreign nations. All must meet the high standards of excellence of Howard University, which has the largest concentration of black faculty and student scholars in the country.

In addition to the College of Medicine, the Howard University Health Sciences Center includes the Howard University Hospital; the College of Dentistry; the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library; and the Student Health Center.

Located in the nation's capital, the College can draw upon the immense medical resources of this area, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.



Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Type: Academic Department

Summary:

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers courses of study leading to the Master of Science degree specifically related to biotechnology and to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. These courses are offered by the faculty of the College of Medicine, but the degrees are administered by the Graduate School.



Developmental Neurobiology Laboratory

Type: Laboratory

Summary:

Our laboratory employs a neuroanatomical approach to examine the effects of environmental and genetic influences on neurodevelopment. Technical strengths include histology, conventional, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, and neurostereology.



Flow Cytometry Core

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

The goals of this Core Facility are to provide flow cytometry services for Howard University’s research investigators, and develop new applications.



HUCD Molecular biology laboratory

Type: Laboratory



Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility (HNF) occupies a specially renovated wing on the first floor of the Engineering Building.The five large laboratories cover ~6000 sq. ft. of space and the HNF has about 2000 sq ft of contiguous office space. The HNF is an established centralized user facility containing over $17M of micro- and nano fabrication and characterization equipment, accessible by external and internal academic, government and industrial users. Currently, HNF has integrated facilities in the following categories:

Lithography Facilities
Nanofabrication Facilities
Plasma Etching / Deposition Facilities
CVD Deposition Facilities (SiC,GaN)
Nanomembrane Facilities
Characterization Facilities
Computer Facilities
Societal and Ethical Issues



Howard University Cancer Center

Type: Center

Summary:

The Cancer Biology Program incorporates expertise in the areas of biochemistry, chemistry, physics, pathology, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology. Research activities that are currently underway in the cancer biology program include the following: (1) prostate cancer genetics; (2) methylation profiling and risk of colorectal cancer; (3) differential transcription factor activation of H. pylori; (4) triple negative breast cancer in young African-American women; (5) nicotine, biogenic amines and depression; and (6) in vivo NMR spectroscopy for noninvasive pharmacokinetics, as examples.



Imaging Core Facility: Molecular Imaging Laboratory

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

The Molecular Imaging Laboratory’s research focuses on small animal in vivo imaging using MRI, and optical fluorescent and bioluminescent imaging. In particular, we are interested in using molecular imaging techniques to study mechanisms of image contrast enhancement, improvement of sensitivity and specificity of tumor detection, and applications of diagnostics using small animal disease models.



Malaria drug discovery laboratory

Type: Laboratory

Summary:

Screening of chemical compounds using cell-based assays to discover new drugs to combat drug-resistant parasites



Molecular Genetics Core

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

The molecular genetics research interests are in human population genetics, anthropological genetics, immunogenetics, and the genetics of complex diseases. Ultimate goals surround elucidating questions of human variation, the evolutionary history of genes within populations and how these gene histories are involved in the etiology of complex diseases. While the laboratory's research goals have shared consequences for all humanity, specific interests focus on populations of African ancestry.

Operational Objectives:

1. Develop a SNP database for mapping functional mutations linked to diseases common in African peoples.

2. Utilization of evolutionary history of candidate genes to identify polymorphisms that are associated with diseases.

3. Exploit the linkage disquilibrium generated by admixture in the African American population for gene mapping.



National Human Genome Center

Type: Center

Summary:

The National Human Genome Center at Howard University is a comprehensive resource for genomic research on African Americans and other African Diaspora populations, distinguished by a diverse social context for framing biology as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of knowledge gained from the human genome project and research on genome variation. The vision for the NHGC is founded upon Howard University’s history of providing leadership for America and the global community in the critical areas of education, health, and social justice.



RCMI Proteomics Facility

Type: Core Laboratory

Summary:

Mission: To use mass spectrometry for studies of infectious and chronic diseases and to promote and facilitate biomedical and translational research at Howard University

Objectives:

To provide modern analytical instrumentation, technical expertise and essential services for biomolecular analysis
To provide a broader training experience for students and faculty in biomolecular analysis through methodology- centered seminars, workshops, mini-courses, and internships
To foster new multidisciplinary research collaborations using modern Proteomics technology

The RCMI Proteomics Core Facility runs several research projects and provides collaborative consolidation of instrumentation, technical expertise, and support personnel to enhance the impact and availability of Mass Spectrometry and other analytical techniques for biological and biomedical science community at Howard University



Research Centers in Minority Institutions

Type: Consortium

Summary:

The Howard University RCMI program, supported by the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health, fulfills in part the mission of the College of Medicine to educate individuals who will serve the underserved, to engage in biomedical investigations, and to serve the needs of the underserved who suffer from diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations.

Answers to complex biomedical research questions and solutions to biomedical problems require the congruence of significant professional expertise and sophisticated, computational and material resources. The Howard University RCMI program has had a positive impact on the acquisition and development of these needed resources, including human, material, and computational.

As a consequence, Howard University biomedical scientists have made and continue to make important contributions to modern science and clinical research. Howard’s RCMI researchers devote considerable energy to addressing diseases which disproportionately affect minorities, such as asthma, hypertensive cardiovascular disease, kidney and end-stage renal diseases, cancers of the breast prostate and colon, Diabetes Mellitus, HIV/ AIDS, infant mortality, and Sickle Cell Anemia. RCMI-supported research activities will continue to impact on translation of research findings to bedside applications as well as improved clinical treatment and improved quality of life for minority populations and for members of society in general.



The Scripps Research Institute

Type: Institute

Summary:

The Scripps Research Institute, one of the world's largest, private, non-profit research organizations, stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science, a vital segment of medical research that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Over the last decades, the institute has established a lengthy track record of major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition.



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Type: University



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