The RI-INBRE Centralized Research Core Facility was inaugurated in July 2003. The facility is supported by the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) grant and by the institutions participating in the grant. This facility is the only one of its kind in the State and has significantly enhanced the competitiveness of biomedical researchers at Rhode Islandís academic institutions. The facility is located in Room
405 of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Islandís Kingston campus. The facility provides research and training support to RI-INBRE participants and to the Rhode Island biomedical research community. It is equipped with instrumentation for biomedical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological research. Technical staff members manage the laboratory and are available to assist in the operation of the instruments and to analyze samples on a fee-for-service basis. The facility staff also participates in teaching undergraduate and graduate laboratory courses offered by the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island. In addition, they organize instructional seminars and training workshops in collaboration with the instrument manufacturers. Past topics have included IR-Imaging for In-Cell Western Analysis, Basic Flow Cytometry, and Real-Time Quantitative PCR and RT-PCR. Poster printing services are also available. Reservations for instrument usage as well as poster printing services are highly recommended.