The Health Science Center Library's collection of nearly 200,000 book and journal volumes, more than 3,000 media programs and computer software and 2,600 periodical subscriptions is housed in a 93,000 square foot multi-level building. 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. MEDLINE, TELEGEN, and other computer search systems as well as a computerized card catalog 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.
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