Cores, Institutes & Special Programs

Brain Bank – Although animal studies of dementing illnesses are available there are limitations to all. In the simplest of terms, a mouse is not a human. Thus, to determine the features of human dementia, the study of human brains is of great importance. Comparing human brain tissue donated by patients with dementia to those of non-demented individuals is the only way that the molecular basis of these devastating illness can be understood. Thus, the purpose of the UNTHSC Brain Bank is to collect brain tissue for the study of neurodegenerative disorders, including HIV-1-associated dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and the natural aging process.

Center for Fluorescence Technology and Nanomedicine (CFTN) – Our mission is to provide the expertise on fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, and to promote fluorescence technologies. The CFTN includes three spectroscopic laboratories, protein chemistry laboratory, peptide and organic chemistry laboratory, muscle research facility, surface preparation and chemistry preparation rooms, with a total area 3,200 sq. ft., plus 650 sq. ft. of faculty offices.

Microscopy Core Facility (MCF) – The Department of Cell Biology and Immunology is fortunate to have an outstanding staff and facility to provide a wide range of histological and microscopic services to the campus. Please visit their website to see what services are available and to reserve resources.

North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) – NTERI is providing a healthier future for those who have or will develop debilitating vision disorders. We are changing the world with new discoveries through basic and clinical eye research. Increased awareness about disease development, outcome, and the need for novel therapies for age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, optic neuritis, dry eye disease, and related health disparities among ethnic and minority populations drives our research programs at the North Texas Eye Research Institute. We have active research programs in many of these areas.

Flow Cytometry & Laser Capture Microdissection Core Facility – The Flow Cytometry & Laser Capture Microdissection Core Facility at the Univeristy of North Texas Health Science Center is open to all UNTHSC investigators. Outside investigators are welcome to use this facility by appointment.

Pre-Clinical Services – UNTHSC Pre-clinical Services together has over 33 years of pharmaceutical and specialized biotech experience in the performance of therapeutic efficacy models and drug discovery / development. The group uses this experience to guide the drug discovery process, through protocol design, implementation and analysis for compound lead selection. Studies are conducted in state-of-the-art facilities with excellent support staff and services.

Discovery Centers – Two laboratory spaces located in the Center for BioHealth, CBH-201, and the Research and Education building, RES-208, are available to:

  • provide shared laboratory space for young researchers and clinical faculty members
  • make available supplemental instrumentation for researchers who don’t otherwise have access to critical capabilities
  • offer laboratory access to entrepreneurs and start-up companies enrolled in the UNT Health Science Center’s Acceleration Lab Program.

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