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.

Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation

The researcher attaches nodes to a research participant.

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.

Computer Lab

computer lab.

The computer lab in Cary 235 is maintained by the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Classes may be held throughout the semester, otherwise the lab is open for general student use (assignments, software access, printing, email, etc.). The lab is open to all faculty and students.

Nutrition & Health Research Laboratory

Nutrition & Health Research Laboratory.

The Nutrition & Health Research Laboratory studies the influence of food and food additives on ingestive behavior in humans, and the factors that influence adults’ motivation to obtain food. Jennifer L. Temple, PhD, principal investigator and assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, is conducting NIH-funded research in the lab on the influence of caffeine administration on physiological, mood and psychological responses in adolescents.