OPTICAL IMAGING FACILITY The Optical Imaging Facility (OIF) is core facility established to provide the equipment, training, technical and scientific expertise necessary to optimally carry on applications requiring image capture and processing from live and fixed specimens. The facility houses wide field fluorescence microscope imaging systems, a laser confocal microscope and other standard equipments for sample preparation and live cell culture and maintenance. The OIF also provide services for the preparation of specimens through its Immunocytochemistry Laboratory and technical support for each of the components. Our continuation goal is to support and help our faculty to identify and develop relevant research that would address significant health issues in our local community. In order to accomplish the OIF mission, our specific aims are: 1. To provide technical support to optimally perform studies that requires immunocytochemistry and quantitative fluorescence imaging capture and analysis. 2. To provide instrument access and training on the effective utilization of microscope-based equipment to carry on applications that rely on image capture and processing from live and fixed specimens. 3. To disseminate through the academic community in Puerto Rico the capabilities of the OIF and the achievements of its users through the offering of seminars, workshops on imaging technology and maintaining a website that includes information about the facility operation, instrumentation reservation and other educational resources. 4. To enhance UCC's scientific environment by providing young faculty and graduate students state of the art imaging technology to obtain preliminary data to apply for external funding and helping established investigators to innovate their research and increase their publication record.

Public Health Relevance

The activities carried on at the OIF are strengthening the research capabilities of new and established faculty at the Universidad Central del Caribe and are stimulating the collaborations and the productivity of their members by making their projects more competitive for research funds.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Type
Research Centers in Minority Institutions Award (G12)
Project #
8G12MD007583-27
Application #
8573323
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-B (01))
Project Start
1997-09-01
Project End
2014-06-30
Budget Start
2012-07-01
Budget End
2013-06-30
Support Year
27
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$130,917
Indirect Cost
$35,732
Name
Universidad Central Del Caribe
Department
Type
DUNS #
090534694
City
Bayamon
State
PR
Country
United States
Zip Code
00960
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