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Research Cores

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has various core modules to support all aspects of cutting-edge ophthalmic research and to foster collaborative research among investigators from various disciplines and with industry.

  • Experimental Models Core
  • Provides training, assistance, and services on a large variety of in vivo experimental procedures on animals, regulating access and usage of surgery rooms and specialized equipment and preparing and maintaining compliance with IACUC protocols.
  • Imaging and Histology Core
  • Provides services and consultation for preparing and analyzing the structure of biological specimens using cutting-edge technologies to investigate ocular development and disease, including laser capture and high-resolution live imaging microscopy and image analysis software.
  • Multiomics - Mass Spectrometry Core Facility
  • Provides high-throughput analysis of biological specimens, including metabolomics, proteomics and lipidomics, and facilitates sharing of protocols, reagents, and standards.
  • Shared Equipment Core
  • Provides large equipment for molecular and biochemistry analyses, including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, plate readers, and luminometers.
  • Biostatistics Center
  • Provides laboratory and clinical research investigators with collaborative expertise in research and clinical study design, data management, and biostatistical analysis.
  • Ophthalmic Biophysics Center
  • Specializes in research in bioengineering, biophysics, lasers, biomaterials, drug delivery, and experimental microsurgery. The OBC also functions as a service laboratory for consultation, construction, maintenance, and repair of devices and instruments for a wide range of research needs.
  • Ocular Microbiology Laboratory
  • Provides clinical diagnostic service and also serves clinical and basic research needs.

Access to modules is provided to all eye and vision research scientists at the University of Miami. Scheduling is managed through the University’s Sharepoint website. Please contact Charles Yaros, sr. manager of research support, for access by clicking on the module title.

When demands exceed availability, the priority of access is: 1) Investigators with NEI-R01 funding; 2) investigators working on revised NEI-R01 grant applications; 3) investigators collecting data for new NEI grant submissions. 4) non-NEI-funded vision investigators may use the modules, particularly if such usage could potentially lead to or facilitate a new collaboration with an NEI funded investigator or a new NEI proposal. The same priority order also applies to individuals who require assistance or training from module directors and managers.

Users of the experimental models, multiomics and imaging modules should quote Grant P30 EY014801 in their publications.