The main medical library at the Health Sciences Center is the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library. The 93,000 square foot multi-level library boasts a collection of nearly 200,000 book and journal volumes, more than 3,000 media programs and computer software and 2,600 periodical subscriptions. The Library serves not only as the primary resource and repository of information for the learning, research, and health care functions of the Center, but also as a laboratory where students may acquire skills of information processing. The collection covers the broad range of all health-related science--dentistry, medicine, nursing, and basic sciences. Numerous electronic databases including Pubmed, Ovid, Scopus, CINAHL, RefWorks, UpToDate, and others are available to assist students and researchers. The Learning Resource Center provides study carrels for non-print media review and the screening of tapes from the Health Science Center's Demand Access Television System, which maintains an up-to-date collection of instructional programs.
Laboratory Animal Resources
Laboratory Animal Resources is responsible for the purchase, housing, and health care of animals used within the Health Science Center. The veterinary staff provides assistance and consultations to investigators and consultation regarding selection of animal models to be used in the various teaching programs as well as in research. Facilities include areas for animal surgery and x-ray as well as an aseptic laminar-flow housing for approximately 15 species of laboratory animals. Facilities to maintain a primate colony are also available at the Medical School.
In addition, several faculty within the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility collaborate on research projects with scientists at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, an independent research institute located in San Antonio that, along with the Health Science Center, is a member of the Southwest Research Consortium. Recently the National Institutes of Health named the Foundation a Regional Primate Center. The Institute currently has a full time staff of 53 with doctoral degrees, a technical staff of 77, and an administrative and supporting staff of 149 persons. Research departments include Departments of Genetics, Physiology and Medicine, Virology and Immunology, and Organic and Biological Chemistry. A Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine is responsible for the care and use of 250 chimpanzees, 1200 baboons, 150 small monkeys (marmosets, tamarins, African greens, rhesus, pig-tails and cynomolgus).
Computing Services provides support in the area of academic research, statistical/mathematical consulting, database design and programming. Systems development is done on microcomputers, minicomputers and the VAX cluster. Core hardware includes six Alpha 4100 servers running VMS 7.2 and fifteen Windows NT servers. The qualified ACS staff can assist fellows with data collection and management needs using PC and VAX database software. They can assist fellows with determining their database needs, computer platform, data manipulation and reporting.
Influuent Web Portal:
To encourage interdisciplinary and private sector collaboration, the UT System launched a cutting-edge web portal (Influuent) that allows private sector and government agencies to quickly find thousands of researchers and facilities at the Systems’ campuses and health institutions. Influuent is a free online searchable database of researchers and resources that enable potential collaborators to easily identify faculty experts to conduct all levels of research (basic, applied and clinical), develop new technologies and processes and overcome technical challenges. The UT System is the first major university system in the nation to launch a database with such capabilities. Influuent is the gateway to more than 15,000 UT System researchers who have produced nearly 110,000 publications in the last five years in science, medicine, engineering, energy, transportation and business.
Influuent’s search tool scans and analyzes every publication in Scopus, these data are then used to produce a fingerprint of each researcher’s expertise. The database is designed to provide access to not only a faculty researcher, but also their entire research ecosystem including their collaborators, specialized facilities and equipment and other faculty in the same academic department.
Influuent searches can be based on a keyword, concept, last name or published abstract. Once users have found the right experts, they can contact them directly. In addition to boosting the state’s economy, Influuent makes Texas more business-friendly. This powerful tool will also foster cross-institution collaborations among UT researchers from different campuses and institutions. Faculty and fellows in our program have full access to the Influuent web portal to assist with identification of potential collaborators for research endeavors.
City of San Antonio:
San Antonio is a city rich in history and culture and in 2018 the city will celebrate its 300th Anniversary! The city is the seventh most populated in the United States of America and the second most populated city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,409,019. Over 32 million tourists visit San Antonio each year. The temperate climate and sunny days allow year round outdoor activities.
San Antonio is known for the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and Marriage Island. There are many other activities to enjoy in San Antonio and the region: SeaWorld, Aquatica Water Park, Six Flags Over Texas Fiesta Texas, Witte Science Museum, San Antonio Zoo, and San Antonio missions. The missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park along with the Alamo, The city boast miles of bike trails and outdoors activities. Additional activities in the region include Schlitterbahn water park (New Braunfels - consistently rated top tier water park in the US and worldwide) and river tubing. San Antonio is also located only 2 hours from the Texas gulf coast and Mexico.
San Antonio also home of the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the country. Our community also hosts mid-level teams for the American Hockey League (San Antonio Rampage), minor league baseball (San Antonio Missions) and United Soccer League (San Antonio FC). San Antonio also is referred to as “Military City” with the numerous United States Armed Forces facilities (Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Randolph AFB (which constitute Joint Base San Antonio), and Lackland AFB/Wilford Hall Ambulatory Center/Kelly Field Annex, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley). San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies.