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Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core

The Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) was established in 2007 to provide tools and approaches that facilitate translational studies, as well as to enhance partnerships among researchers, Medical Center units such as the URMC's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and community-based organizations that impact the conduct of clinical and public health research. The IHSFC is designed to assist basic science investigators in moving their research in the direction of clinical/translational studies through the use of appropriate animal models of disease, human tissues, or direct clinical and public health applications. In addition, the IHSFC also provides clinical scientists with a means to refine questions and approaches to mechanisms, develop more relevant animal models, and increase treatment specificity and efficacy.

Steering Committee Members

Behavioral Sciences Facility

The Behavioral Sciences Facility provides state–of–the–art equipment and expertise necessary for the design and interpretation of human and animal behaviors in order to assess sensory, motor, motivational and cognitive functioning. The facility assists investigators with behavioral assessments, utilizing established procedures and tests, or when necessary, developing new behavioral paradigms. To schedule services, visit the Behavioral Sciences Facility website.

EXPAND Core (EXPosure, ANalytical and Dose Core)

The EXPAND core is comprised of two main facilities: The Elemental Analysis Facility and the Inhalation Exposure Facility.

The overall mission of the EXPAND Core is to engage and assist investigators in Environmental Health Science Center (EHSC) related research in the implementation and characterization of the biological and toxicological effects of environmental agents.  

Elemental Analysis Facility

For quantification of elements (e.g. metals and non-metals) across a full range of  biological mediums and animal tissues from both laboratory- and environment- derived samples. 

Inhalation Exposure Facility

For controlled exposures to, and physico-chemical characterization of, aerosols and airborne particulates using rodent and cell culture models in addition to human exposures.

Translational Services in Environmental Health Unit

Faculty considering translational research can contact the IHSFC Steering Committee for assistance in identifying potential collaborators, acquiring funding, conducting Human Subjects research, designing and executing epidemiological and population based studies, accessing on-site repositories of samples and tissues from human subjects and obtaining histology services. See the Translational Services in Environmental Health page for more information.