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DI Research Core Infrastructure

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Strengthening the research infrastructure at Ohio University

A major goal of the Diabetes Institute (DI) is to increase research productivity among our members by strengthening the research infrastructure at Ohio University. In 2015, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation (OHF) approved a revision submitted to the Vision 2020 Award allowing funds to be used to enhance research capacity through the purchase of new equipment.

Below represents equipment that aligns with our research foci: Metabolism/Body Composition, Inflammation/Cell Analyses and Imaging/Microscopy. To encourage awareness and sharing of facilities and major equipment on campus, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity maintains a complete list of shared equipment.

* Equipment purchased with financial support provided by a grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation's Vision 2020: Leading the Transformation of Primary Care in Ohio award.

Metabolism / Body Composition

SEAHORSE XFe24 ANALYZER >
Measures oxidative and metabolic flux in isolated mitochondria, cells, small organisms or tissues.

BRUKER MINISPEC >
Assesses body composition in live, awake mice.

DEXA SCAN >
Assesses body composition and bone density in clinical studies.

*METABOLIC CART >
Assess energy metabolism and metabolic flux in clinical studies.

*COMPREHENSIVE LAB ANIMAL MONITORING SYSTEM (CLAMS)>
Measures energy metabolism, activity, feeding, drinking along with food access control in mouse studies. Also includes a running wheel option.

Inflammation / Cell Analyses

MILLIPLEX / LUMINEX >
Multiplex analyses, allowing one to assay many metabolites simultaneously in the same sample.

*FLOW CYTOMETER >
For cell populations: automated system for flow cytometry with highly sensitive, multi-parameter cell analysis.

Imaging / Microscopy

*CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE >
An inverted microscope with laser scanning confocal system that can be used for high resolution imaging (using optical sectioning) of fluorescent-stained cells and tissues. A top notch camera is available with the system for wide field imaging using fluorescence and DIC. This confocal system is also adaptable to a variety of specialized applications through the purchase of additional hardware/software modules.