OORHS services

In addition to the reminder in Art’s message, below, about the assistance that we provide to investigators who are preparing grant applications, I would like to remind you of some of the other services that OORHS provides. We try to meet with new faculty investigators (new to Pitt, not necessarily junior scientists) within the first two months of their arrival on campus. We take that time to inform them about the resources available on campus to help with research activities. To this end, we encourage you (or your department chairs) to send us the names and contact information of new faculty members as soon as they assume their positions at Pitt. We have prepared a Handbook for New Faculty, (, that is particularly useful for investigators before they arrive here. Of course, it is also useful once investigators are on campus. I encourage you to send it to newly hired faculty members as soon as they have agreed to join you. OORHS is responsible for the overall management of the Health Sciences Core Research Facilities: 1. Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Center (BioMS) – Proteomics and Metabolomics; 2. Genomics Research Core (GRC) – Genomics; 3. Health Sciences Tissue Bank (HSTB) – Collection and distribution of human clinical tissues and histology; 4. Peptide and Peptoid Synthesis Core – Custom peptide and peptoid synthesis; 5. Small Molecule Biomarker Core (SMBC) – Mass Spectrometry based small molecule quantitation; Any questions or concerns about any of these cores that are not adequately addressed by the individual core’s manager/director should be directed to Paul Wood, OORHS Assistant Director for Core Facilities, The OORHS website,, serves as a resource for funding announcements, important University and federal research policies, highlighted seminar announcements, and extensive tips to aid in the submission of successful grant applications. With regard to this last item, we support a database of successful grant applications that have been submitted by Pitt faculty members and that serve as exemplars for Pitt colleagues. This database, the Application Repository to Help University Researchers (ARTHUR), can be accessed through Please remind your colleagues about our services, and please let me know of other ways that you or your colleagues think that we might be of assistance to Health Sciences investigators. 


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