Core 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.

The department's Biological Specimen Bank houses about 700,000 samples for use in epidemiological studies and clinical trials.

The Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health has extensive facilities available for all stages of research: interviews; collecting, processing and storing biological specimens; and data entry, processing and analysis.

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.

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