|The Northwestern University Skin Disease Core Center was established in August 2009 with funding from the NIH - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NAIMS, 5P30AR057216). Center Director, Amy S. Paller, MS, MD and Associate Center Director, Robert M. Lavker, PhD direct the SDRC Administrative Core and three Research Cores: |
As the SDRC enters its 5th year of funding, we continue to support research, education, and communication among the Northwestern research community while providing an enviroment in which scientific output of the group becomes greater than the sum of the individual projects now in progress. The SDRC is comprised of 60 collaborating cutaneous bench biologists and 13 skin-focused clinical research members from 14 departments and 7 divisions of Medicine across Northwestern.
The goal of the Northwestern University SDRC is to promote outstanding bench and clinical research in cutaneous biology, ultimately to improve patient care.
We achieve this goal through the following Aims:
Aim 1: Provide High Quality Technical Services.
A primary focus of the SDRC is to providing cutting edge technologies to SDRC users through specialized services, expert consultations and thorough training sessions. With the support of NIAMS and resources of Northwestern, the SDRC Research Cores are able to offer services which are more cost-effective for researchers via the SDRC than to produce in their individual laboratories.
Aim 2: Enhance Education and Communication Among SDRC Users.
The Administrative Core fosters collaborations among SDRC users through it's Enrichment Program which features research conferences, networking opportunities, and regular university-wide communications. The Enrichment Program also supports the SDRC Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program which provides junior and more senior investigators with the opportunity to consider innovative skin and epithelial cell related research initatives through the Center.
Aim 3: Facilitate Translational Research.
The SDRC is committed to the transition of innovative bench research ideas toward clinical applications. This initiative is supported through various programs of the Center including Enrichment Program activies such as the Bench to Bedside and Clinic to Bench seminars, and Pilot & Feasibility projects focused on cutaneous differences based on gender and skin of color. The SDRC provides researchers with access to continually expanding libraries housing fresh and archival tissues through the Morphology and Phenotying Core, along with disease-specific keratinocytes and fibroblasts from the Skin Tissue Engineering Core which allow researchers to address the relevance of their discoveries on human skin disorders. The SDRC DNA/RNA Delivery Core offers a database of available constructs and silencing RNAs for broad utilization, along with a library of frequently requested vectors, viral stocks, and infected cells for SDRC member use. In collaboration with the Northwestern High Throughput Core, the SDRC is establishing a cell-based high throughput platform for analysis of skin cell proliferation, wound healing, and apoptosis along with the use of viral-infected reporter cells for readouts. The SDRC is also collaborating with the Northwestern Stem Cell Core to provide gene therapy applications for SDRC users through the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from skin cells.
The SDRC labs have moved!
We are now located in the Tarry Research & Education Center at 300 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611 on the 4th Floor in Labs 4-750 & 4-754. We can still be reached at 312-503-4192 or feel free to stop by and see us in our new space!
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The SDRC, TIMA and the RHL Cancer Center have come together to support the Epithelial Biology series which is held in Ward 3-015 every other Thursday from 12Noon - 1:00pm. For upcoming dates and speakers contact Kathy Green: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit our Newsboard page.
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