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Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core

Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core 

Mouse Liver Sample

The hub of disease and biomarker research, the Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) is a liaison to animal laboratories, human clinical studies, tissue biorepositories and statistical support that connects EHSC researchers' work with CEC and community partners.

Our responsibilities:

The IHSFC provides researchers with access to experts and resources in multiple colleges, schools and centers, including:

  • Animal Models: This subcore capitalizes on the premier Mouse Biology Program, the renowned California National Primate Research Center, and a unique Behavioral Assessment Laboratory, supporting science that examines the mechanisms that explain epidemiologic study findings and connects findings from molecular and cellular studies to human health.
  • Biostatistics: Two biostatisticians are dedicated to environmental health and omics research, providing essential services to interdisciplinary teams, such as helping with experimental study design, reframing the scientific question into a testable hypothesis, and identifying the best analyses. The biostatistics subcore also helps interpret results in the context of the problem and grant writing, including statistical plans and sample size calculations. This approach helps weave together the strengths of each discipline to increase the quality of environmental health research and strengthen the inference from experiments, observational and community-based studies. The biostatistics subcore offers drop-in consultation appointments every Monday afternoon on the UC Davis campus from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, as well as one-to-one individual consultations on proposal development. All EHSC investigators are welcome, but appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, go to the online scheduler or contact Kyoungmi Kim, PhD (kmkim@ucdavis.edu). 
  • Biomarkers: The Biomarkers subcore partners with the Genome Center and West Coast Metabolomics Center for exposure and genome, epigenome, transcriptome, and metabolome signatures. In partnership with the CTSC, the IHSFC has collaborated in developing an interactive web-based system to facilitate access to biological specimens and data from well-characterized study populations. The Virtual Biospecimen Discovery (VBD) is a searchable database containing metadata on over 200,000 biospecimens from a dozen tissue banks (both human and animal). Learn more and access the VBD here.
  • Translational Research: Partnering with the Clinical and Translational Science Center’s Clinical Trials Resource, this subcore provides assistance with experimental design, IRB submissions, and regulatory compliance to promote human subjects research on environmental chemical exposures and accelerate the development of public health interventions.
  • Community Engagement Core: The IHSFC works with CEC to foster scientist/community partnerships to plan, conduct and interpret environmental health research projects in targeted communities.

IHSFC Leadership

Nicholas Kenyon

Nicholas Kenyon, MD 

IHFSC Co-Director

Cristina Davis

Cristina Davis, PhD

IHFSC Co-Director

Rebecca Schmidt

Rebecca Schmidt, PhD

IHFSC Co-Director