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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

Center for Environmental Genetics

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Integrative Technologies Support Core

The purpose of the CEG Integrative Technologies Support Core (ITS) is to provide investigators with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technologies in a manner that enhances overall research effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and utilization of time and manpower. In the spirit of “not duplicating services,” the CEG has used a model of providing free access to shared equipment and services and direct subsidies (see below) for CEG members to use technology cores/facilities already existing at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. These include

Shared equipment and services


 ITS subsidy available for. . .


Innovative method development: The ITS support Core encourages established facilities to develop new technologies meeting the needs of CEG members. To apply, in addition to the regular request, the CEG member must submit one page of specific aims to specify how the method will be developed, why this method is important to his or her research, and how this method will greatly benefit the CEG community. This request must be jointly submitted and co-signed by a CEG investigator and one of the CEG-recognized core facility leaders to show that both parties will be committed to developing and publishing novel methods for EHS research.

Selection, stratification and continuation of a core/facility are based on (1) current and anticipated usage, (2) quality of services provided, (3) the technological novelty and the investigative power of the services provided, and (4) consistency with the vision of the CEG to integrate basic, translational and clinical EHS research for the betterment of human health. Cores/facilities may be added or removed based on these criteria.

To apply for an ITS subsidy, please provide all details required on the application form and submit in c/o the CEG program director. Applications must include a written cost quote from the core manager\services provider. The step-wise application process and requirements are explained in this Flow Chart (PDF). Applications must be submitted and approved before core services are obtained or invoiced; the CEG will not award "after the fact" subsidies. Each investigator will receive not more than 3 subsidies per year, not to exceed $10,000 per year per PI. To download a Word form, click here. PDF form, click here.

All requests must be relevant to the mission of the CEG and the study of gene-environment interactions (GxE).  “Gene” in this context is broadly defined: i.e., individual genes/gene components, gene products, genomics, functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics. “Environment” in this context is defined based on the language used by the NIEHS for environmentally relevant toxicants:

Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, and fungal/bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive include, but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, and infectious or parasitic agents, except when agents are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect.... However, it is appropriate to include these factors as part of research to define effects of the exposome, and these factors may be a part of applications focused on the totality of a person’s environmental exposure.  [our emphasis added]

Note that, while environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) is considered a fundable topic, (direct) smoking is not.

Please contact ITS Core director Ying Xia, Ph.D. if you have any questions about the shared equipment program and\or ITS matching funds policy

All requests that include use of human subjects or human specimens must include a consultation with the CEG Integrative Health Sciences Core by using the Research Central portal of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training: When queried regarding project information, note project affiliation (if applicable) and indicate the Center for Environmental Genetics.

Research supported by the Center for Environmental Genetics should cite NIEHS P30-ES006096