Basic and Translational Science

A variety of research facilities are available to faculty and neonatal specialty resident’s research projects in the Division of Neonatology.

Resources for basic science research, UT Health San Antonio

1. 1,365 square feet of laboratory space equipped for molecular biology and cellular physiology experimentation, cell culture, and analysis
2. Separate laboratory (430 square feet) for small/preterm animal ventilation; equipped with a computer monitored ventilator system (capable of ventilating 20 premature rabbits simultaneously)
3. Laboratories are equipped with, or have access to, -80°C freezers, -20°C freezers, 4°C refrigerators and cold-rooms, chemical fume hoods, a class II biosafety cabinet, ultra-pure laboratory water, wet and dry ice, liquid nitrogen and liquid nitrogen storage tanks, desktop incubator, several analytical balances and scales, various pipettes, digital pH meter, heating/stirring plates, mini desktop centrifuges, vortex mixer, gel electrophoresis and transfer equipment, a rocker platform, an orbital shaker, bead-beater protein homogenization apparatus, refrigerated desktop centrifuge, microplate centrifuge, dry-bath incubator, thermo-cycler, spectrophotometric plate reader, and a desktop sonicator. Furthermore, shared resources include a RT-PCR machine, autoclave, refrigerated ultracentrifuge, spectrophotometer, low-speed benchtop refrigerated swinging bucket centrifuge, and three large -80°C freezers.
4. Laboratory Animal Resources for in vivo studies with the following equipment:

  • Drager Caleo Servo-Control Infant Incubator, Drager Model WAR 82-1 Radiant Heater
  • Bird VIP Gold Infant Ventilator, Sensormedics 3100a High Frequency Ventilator
  • Biosound Megas ES Ultrasound machine
  • Scireq Flexivent PFT Cart,
  • Datascope Passport XG Monitor and Masimo “Radical” Pulse Oximeter
  • Carestream Vita Flex CR for digital X rays
  • Ivac 7000 Infusion pump, Alaris SE Infusion pumps, Baxter 8A50 infusion pumps
  • Aridyne 2000 Medical Air compressor

5. Access to core facilities including Genomics, Proteomics, Optical and Electron Microscopy Imaging, and Flow Cytometry

Clinical Research

Our clinical research team includes research coordinators, research assistants/associates, research nurses, research dietitians, and research database team.  We are part of the Vermont Oxford Network. We conduct clinical trials in many fields to include neonatal lung disease, neonatal nutrition, neonatal gastroenterology, neonatal ophthalmology, neonatal neurodevelopment, and neonatal infectious disease. We currently have 13 active clinical research studies/clinical trials.

Resources for clinical research, University Hospital System:

  1. A clinical laboratory staffed by 24 hours/day technicians to perform blood gas, glucose, bilirubin, hematocrit, and electrolyte analyses
  2. A pharmacy staffed 54 hours/week and equipped with controlled temperature refrigerator and freezer
  3. A 250-square foot research laboratory
  4. Dedicated equipment for performing and imaging digital radiographs
  5. Dedicated supple and respiratory therapy facilities
  6. Separate office facilities for neonatal faculty and residents equipped with separate desktop computers and internet access
  7. Conference rooms and parent education rooms
  8. A dedicated elevator connecting the NICU to labor and delivery, one floor below
  9. Electronic bedside medical charting