The objective of the Clinical and Translational Research Core is to enhance and expand the translational research capabilities of investigators performing research studies in obesity and/or nutrition-related diseases. Obtaining human samples is often a challenging process and for many researchers, a significant research barrier.
Our Core will provide access to a biobank of obesity-relevant tissues. Additionally, we will facilitate collaborations among researchers by maintaining a database of obesity-related human research at both Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center. We will also provide consultative services to anyone embarking on a human nutrition- or obesity-related research project to both enhance the rigor of study, facilitate collaborations, and provide information on the nutrition-related resources available within the Texas Medical Center.
The tissue biobank will contain adult and pediatric tissues across the age, sex, and BMI spectrum. Tissues that are currently available include:
Adolescents with severe obesity
- Subcutaneous adipose tissue
- Visceral adipose tissue
- Small intestine
- Buffy coat
- Red blood cells
The Core will provide consultation for human obesity research studies, including help with the following:
- Research design and statistical consultation
- Pre-IRB protocol review
- Identifying available resources