Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, MPH, PHD, CO-DIRECTOR
Nicholas Kenyon, MD, CO-DIRECTOR
Kent Pinkerton, PhD CO-DIRECTOR


The hub of disease and biomarker oriented research, the IHFSC is a liaison to animal laboratories, human clinical studies, tissue biorepositories and statistical support to facilitate an interface to connect Center members’ scientific work with the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) and community partners. The IHSFC supports environmental health researchers through access to expertise and resources in multiple colleges, schools, and centers:   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 With two biostatisticians dedicated to environmental health and omics research, respectively, this subcore provides essential services to interdisciplinary teams as they design experiments or observational studies that weave together strengths of each discipline. The biostatistics subcore offers consultation appointments every Monday afternoon on the Davis campus between the hours of 2:00-4:00PM. All EHS Center investigators are welcome, but appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, go to the online scheduler.   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 the development of 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 meta data on over 200,000 biospecimens from a dozen tissue banks (both human and animal). To learn more and access the VBD, click 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 development of public health interventions.   Community Outreach and Engagement Core The IHFSC works with the COEC to foster scientist/community partnerships to plan, conduct, and interpret environmental health research projects in targeted communities.