Center for Health Research

The Center for Health Research (CHR) is a full-service research facility available to all School of Public Health and Health Professions faculty conducting externally funded studies.

The CHR includes:

  • A reception room/waiting area
  • Six interview rooms, four of which are ventilated to accommodate smoking cessation research
  • Two multi-purpose rooms
  • A meeting/kitchen area
  • A phlebotomy room

Featured Departmental Facilities

Each department within the School of Public Health and Health Professions has its own discipline-specific research facilities as well as access to shared resources.

Biological Specimen Bank

liquid nitrogen dewar.

This facility houses specimens collected as part of the department’s epidemiological studies and clinical trials. The specimens are stored either in -80°C freezers and in cryogenic containers, or immersed in liquid nitrogen (-196 °C). A complex, secure computerized mapping system tracks the specimens and a sophisticated back-up system maintains integrity. The EEH specimen bank currently houses about 700,000 samples from approximately 20,000 participants.

Contact Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor for more information at or 716-829-5375.

The Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (BPNL) investigates mechanism of neurodegeneration following neurotrauma and occupational hazards, in translatable experimental animal models in a dedicated biomedical research facility equipped with in-house laboratory animal facilities along with unrestricted access to core facilities.

Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab

emergency responder human performance lab.

The Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab (ERHPL) is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of emergency responders through research, education and application.

We aim to develop and improve national guidelines and operational practices. Specifically, we seek to improve performance and safety during firefighting, hazardous material incidents and emergencies resulting from chemical, biological and radiological agents. We do this by improving knowledge and understanding of the physiological stresses that accompany work in various forms of personal protective equipment.

Graduate Computer Laboratory for Biostatistics

graduate computer for biostatistics.

Our computing laboratory, located in Cary 235, is open to all biostatistics graduate students 24-hours a day. The lab has PC machines with direct access to LINUX clusters and with software packages including R, Maple, Mathematica, S-Plus, SAS and Latex.

Rehabilitation Physiology Lab

Professor Nadine Fisher of Rehabilitation Science works with Graduate Students and an exam subject in her Sherman Hall lab.

The Rehabilitation Physiology Lab conducts research on a wide range of individuals including the elderly and those with different physical disabilities. Recent extramurally funded studies have included the quantitative assessment of physiological function and functional performance and the effects of specific exercise interventions on the elderly and patients with juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis and post-polio syndrome. Students from the University at Buffalo, as well as other universities, frequently participate in internships, fellowships and graduate work in the Rehabilitation Physiology Lab.