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Section of Atherosclerosis

Houston, Texas

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Section of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine
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Research Resources

The Division of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine is based in The Methodist Hospital complex, which consists of six interconnected buildings housing 1,600 beds. These include: the Methodist Main/Dunn Tower for inpatient care, the Fondren-Brown Cardiovascular and Orthopedic Building for research and inpatient care, the Neurosensory Center for treatment for neurological disorders, the Smith Physician Office and Outpatient Tower, and the Scurlock Tower, which houses the Institute of Preventative Medicine and other patient service facilities.

Equipment

Fondren-Brown Building

SALR Laboratories

  • Autoclave
  • Balances (Mettler)
  • Blot Analyzer (Betagen)
  • Cell Culture Facilities (4 Tissue Culture Hoods and 3 Incubators)
  • Centrifuges and Accessories (Beckman)
    • Low-Speed (4)
    • Ultracentrifuges (6)
  • Chromatography and Electrophoresis
    • FPLC (LKB/Pharmacia)
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatographs (Hewlett-Packard, Spectraphysics)
    • Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (Hewlett-Packard)
    • Various Gel Electrophoresis Units
    • Pulse Gel Electrophoresis (BioRad)
  • Cold Rooms
  • Digital Photography for Gels
  • ELISA Platereader and Accessories
  • Fraction Collectors
  • Freezers (-70°C, -20°C)
  • Geiger Counter
  • Digital Imager (Leica)
  • Infusion Pumps
  • Liquid Nitrogen Storage for Cells
  • Liquid Scintillation Counters (Beckman)
  • Lyophilizer (Virtis)
  • Microbalance (Mettler)
  • Microscopes
    • Light
    • Dissecting
    • Fluorescence
  • Microtome (Leica)
  • Molecular Biology
    • DNA Synthesizer (Millipore/Biosearch, Applied BioSystems)
    • SequiGen Sequencing System (BioRad)
    • Automated DNA Sequencer
    • Thermal Cycler for PCR (MJ Research PTC 100)
  • Orbital Shakers
  • Ovens
  • pH Meters
  • Fluorimeter (SLM)
  • Sonifiers
  • Spectrophotometer (UV/VIS)
  • Ultra-freezer
  • Water Baths
  • Water Purification
  • X-Ray Film Developer

Maria and Alando J. Ballantyne, M.D., Atherosclerosis Clinical Research Laboratory

  • 911 auto-analyzer (Hitachi)
  • Medcom laboratory informatics system
  • Luminex-100 multi-analyte profiling (MAP) system
  • Ultra-low temperature freezers (16)
  • pH-meter
  • Labsystems Multiskan MS plate reader
  • High-speed temperature controlled microcentrifuge
  • Low-speed temperature controlled centrifuge
  • Gamma counter (Beckman)
  • Temperature controlled water baths (2)
  • Orbital shakers (5)
  • Personal computers (8)
  • Walk-in cold room
  • -20 C freezers (2)
  • Refrigerators (3)
  • Chemical hoods (3)

Scurlock Tower

  • Magnetic Resonance Imager, 1.5T with Phased Array Coils

Texas Children's Hospital Clinical Care Center

  • Beta Counter (Bioscan QC-2000)
  • Cold Room
  • Electronic Analytical Balances (Mettler AJ100 and PM2000)
  • Freezers (Revco -80, Whirlpool -20)
  • Gel Dryer and Gene Pulser Transfection System (BioRad)
  • Hybridization Ovens (Hybaid Maxi)
  • Laminar Flow Adhesion Assay Systems
    • Nikon inverted microscopes,
    • Sony CCD video cameras,
    • microimage video systems timers,
    • 13"B&W Sony monitors,
    • stage enclosures for temperature control,
    • VHS video recorders,
    • Harvard 2 syringe infusion/withdrawal pumps,
    • vacuum pumps and specially designed parallel plate flow chambers (1 with epifluorescence),
    • 4 tissue culture rooms equipped with 6' laminar flow hoods,
    • and CO2 incubators
  • Micro Cooler (BoelKel)
  • PCR Machines (BTC-100 MJ Research) (2)
  • PCR System (Perkin Elmer GeneAmp 9600)
  • Polaroid Land Camera with Iotodyne UV Box
  • Refrigerator (Jewett double door 4°C)
  • Sequencing Strands (S-2 and Base Runner BRL)
  • Shaker-Incubators (GallenKamp Plus and Lab-Line)
  • Spectrophotometer (Pharmacia Ultrospec III)
  • SpeedVac and Refrigerated Condensation Trap with Vacuum Pump (Savant)
  • Superspeed Centrifuge (RC5B)
  • Tabletop Centrifuges (Beckman TJ-6 and 2 IBI imc-15)
  • Vacuum Oven (Precision Scientific)
  • Water Baths (Precision Scientific) (4)
  • X-Ray Developer (AGFA-GEVAERT)

Computing

  • All of Baylor College of Medicine's research laboratories, clinical care units, and administrative offices are linked by a network.

    The Network Operations arm is responsible for designing, configuring, installing and maintaining the network infrastructure that connects nearly 8,000 Baylor computing devices, including servers, desktop computers, laptops, printers, scanners and microscopes. The data infrastructure is comprised of miles of copper and fiber optic cables, as well as more than 500 routers, switches and hubs, located in over 30 buildings throughout the Texas Medical Center, the Houston metropolitan area and the State of Texas. In addition, the Network Operations department provides Internet and Internet2 access to Baylor's own computing customers, as well as to:
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • The Methodist Healthcare System
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
  • The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
  • Harris Health Systems
  • The Texas Heart Institute
  • Children's Nutrition Research Center
  • TMC Library
  • The Hospice Clinic.

Baylor College of Medicine's total Internet customer base exceeds 20,000 users.

The Biomedical Computing Facility serves Baylor as a strategic central resource to provide computational services, manage high-performance computation and data warehousing systems and most importantly, skilled personnel to serve the diverse computational needs of BCM faculty and students. We house high-performance computers, visualization equipment and data warehousing systems. In addition to the high-end computing equipment and support, the BCF also handles access to GCG, SeqLab and SeqWeb, as well as offering discounted licensing for several commonly used statistical software packages, including SAS and SPSS.

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