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Institutional Research Training Grants at the University of Pittsburgh

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Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh

The Aging Institute focuses on research that enhances the health and overall quality of life of older adults. It functions as a gateway to the many age-related research projects that are under way at the University of Pittsburgh and often involve UPMC staff and resources. Together, UPMC and the University devote more resources to aging than almost any other academic system in the nation. Back to top

Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC)

The Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) provides a forum for multidisciplinary researchers from throughout the University of Pittsburgh community to collaborate on health services research projects. It also trains researchers in methods and practices critical to the conduct of rigorous research. The CRHC supports the CRHC Data Center, whose mission is to provide researchers with consistent, high-quality information technology, data management, and statistical services. The Data Center operates as a team, ensuring efficient use of research resources and providing expertise in all phases of research, including data management, data entry, programming, and statistical analyses. Back to top

Montefiore Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

The Montefiore Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) has been reengineered, integrated, and augmented by new community-based resources from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to develop efficient, accessible, and widely used participant and clinical interaction resources. Back to top

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) serves as the integrative academic home for clinical and translational scientists across the University's six school of the health sciences; Carnegie Mellon University; the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the nation's largest and most financially successful academic health care systems; and the region. The CTSI's primary focus is to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University's existing clinical research training programs (Roadmap K12, K30) to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to advanced doctoral programs. Back to top

Department of Biomedical Informatics

The Department of Biomedical Informatics applies modern information management tools to automate medical records and other important information sources throughout the academic health center. Back to top

Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE)

The University of Pittsburgh has a distinguished history of and established infrastructure for successfully training medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in clinical and translational research and supporting their career development. At the heart of the University's clinical and translational research training enterprise is the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), an institute that serves the schools of the health sciences and is devoted to the development of high-quality clinical and translational researchers. The ICRE provides the infrastructure for training programs that lead to the Certificate in Clinical Research, the Master of Science in Clinical Research, and the PhD in Clinical and Translational Science. It also provides the infrastructure for the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program, the Clinical Scientist Training Program for Residents, the Clinical Scientist Track, and other programs for trainees at all stages of the career pipeline. The ICRE has core faculty and mentors from all disciplines and from all six of the health science schools. It has developed over 40 courses to provide training in clinical and translational research.

Office of Academic Career Development

The goal of the Office of Academic Career Development is to help individuals successfully navigate the major stepping stones along the course of their academic career. The hope is to guide individuals in the journey toward a professional life spent creating, disseminating, and applying new knowledge in the health sciences. Back to top

Office of Health Sciences Diversity

The Office of Health Sciences Diversity exists to foster an inclusive environment for students, trainees, and faculty within the health professions schools and to increase the number of well-trained professionals who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Arthritis Institute

The primary objective of the University of Pittsburgh Arthritis Institute is to provide the most advanced methods of diagnosing and managing arthritis and related musculoskeletal and immunologic disorders. The mission of the arthritis institute is three-fold: to coordinate a system of regional multidisciplinary health care for patients with arthritis and related conditions, including autoimmune connective tissue diseases and osteoporosis; to provide an organizational framework for the development of interactive research programs involving investigators who are pursuing basic and clinical arthritis-related research; and to establish a series of arthritis education programs for patients and their families, the general public, and health care professionals and trainees. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) is the only National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. It encompasses 11 centers, each focusing on a particular type of cancer. Since 1985, the UPCI has been committed to improving the understanding of how cancer develops; to characterizing new lifesaving approaches for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment; and to educating future generations of scientists and clinicians. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Computer Facilities

Computer facilities at the University of Pittsburgh are managed by Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD), a campus administration with 265 full-time and over 95 part-time employees. Academic computing systems include both VMS and UNIX time-sharing services provided by two alpha (RISC) processors, one VAC processor, and multiple Sun SPARC servers networked throughout the campus via the Andrew File System. The CSSD maintains extensive online documentation, a University-wide information service (PittInfo), laser printers, plotters, scanners, and connections to the Internet using telnet, ftp, and worldwide web protocols. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute

The University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute (UPDDI) occupies 12,000 square feet of laboratory space on the 9th and 10th floors of the newly constructed Biomedical Science Tower (BST-3). Included in this new research space are 6 fully functional tissue culture rooms, 8 procedure rooms, 2 walk-in cold rooms, and 8 offices with an administrative suite (120 square feet each) and a conference room (~200 square feet). The laboratory currently has access to >50,000 compounds and >70,000 natural product extracts for high-throughput screening. Facilities to propagate a wide variety of mammalian, insect, and yeast cells are currently located in the laboratory, and a small 100-square-foot laboratory is dedicated to protein production. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Libraries

The main campus of the University harbors 17 separate libraries, which maintain a collection of more than 4 million volumes and 18,000 periodicals.

The University's PITTCAT online catalog provides complete information on the bibliographic status of all of the University's holdings. It also provides a database that includes ABI/Inform, PsychINFO, Periodical Abstracts, Books in Print, and Publisher Information. In addition, the Falk Library of the Health Sciences has installed end-user facilities for publications and for the searching of MEDLINE, Cinahl, CANCERLIT, and other databases. Mediated searching is available and provides access to over 350 databases.

The Oakland Library Consortium articulated agreement makes holdings at Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon Institute, and the Carnage Library of Pittsburgh available to all University affiliates. Interlibrary loan is available at all University libraries, with Falk Library specializing in DOCLINE access, while the other libraries utilize OCLC as the primary tool. International borrowing is available. All libraries provide photocopiers, and Falk Library provides a mediated copy service. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

With a team of more than 43,000 employees, UPMC serves the health needs of more than 4 million people each year, improving lives in western Pennsylvania—and beyond—through redefined models of health care delivery and superb clinical outcomes. UPMC comprises 19 hospitals that serve 29 counties in western Pennsylvania, with more than 3,350 licensed beds and 167,000 inpatient admissions.

UPMC has 4,500 affiliated physicians, including 2,300 who are employed by UPMC. The UPMC doctors' offices and specialized outpatient centers include 400 sites throughout the primary service area. UPMC facilities also include 50 hospitals and outpatient facilities in the rehab network; 16 retirement and long-term care facilities; a behavioral health network that utilizes more then 200 psychiatrists and psychologists at 5 hospitals and more than 50 outpatient and ambulatory locations; and UPMC Cancer Centers, which have more than 40 locations and 74 affiliated oncologists.

UPMC has more than 1,300 medical residents and fellows within 143 training programs and has more than 1,000 nurses in training. Patient activity includes more than 167,000 inpatient admissions; more than 3 million outpatient visits; more than 400,000 emergency visits; more than 130,000 surgeries; and more than 1 million home care visits.

Research within the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated programs receives more than $431 million in National Institutes of Health funding annually. The University ranks among the top 10 funding recipients in the United States.

University of Pittsburgh Obesity/Nutrition Research Center

The University of Pittsburgh Obesity/Nutrition Research Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health, seeks to facilitate multidisciplinary research that is directed toward the prevention and treatment of obesity and toward the understanding of the causes of obesity. These goals are of major significance for public health because the majority of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the prevalence of obesity is increasing, and childhood obesity has become commonplace.

A major emphasis of the Pittsburgh NORC is on patient-oriented research. The NORC supports clinical investigations that range across the entire age span, from prenatal and gestational determinants of obesity to obesity in childhood, adolescence, midlife, and old age. Areas of expertise within the research base include in vivo metabolism; body composition; behavioral, pharmacological, and surgical treatments of obesity; and the epidemiology of cardiovascular complications of obesity. Back to top

University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA)

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) is to facilitate a more constructive and positive experience that will benefit postdoctoral professionals and the University of Pittsburgh alike. Back to top