The overall goal of the Behavioral Core is to aggregate, integrate, and enhance existing infrastructure and services essential for the efficient and ethical conduct of high quality behavioral research on the effects of female reproductive hormones, to expand the capacity of the COBRE-WH to translate fundamental discoveries emerging from the work of its core scientists, and to examine the clinical health implications of emerging biomedical knowledge. This is accomplished by (1) providing high quality scientific expertise, staff and resources needed to support the behavioral and clinical/translational research needs of women’s health and other COBRE and NIH-supported investigators and research participants at the University of Kentucky, (2) supporting junior faculty members engaged in behavioral and clinical/translational research in women’s health and other health-related areas with training in a strong mentor oriented environment that enhances their prospects of successfully establishing independent NIH-funded research careers, and (3) ensuring that all laboratory studies utilizing Behavioral Core resources meet the highest standards for scientific excellence, which includes the use of rigorous and robust designs, methods and statistical analytic procedures; meet appropriate ethical and regulatory standards; and incorporate the highest principles of the responsible conduct of research.
The Behavioral Core is a flexible platform that is designed to provide a full-spectrum of support for behavioral and clinical/translational research, based on the needs of the individual investigator, including training in behavioral and clinical/translational research, mentored research support, consultation on protocol development, assessment of resource requirements, study feasibility assessment, subject recruitment, screening and training, identification/development of regulatory documents, staff training, and support for protocol implementation in pre-clinical, clinical and neuroimaging laboratory facilities. Processes are in place to identify emerging needs of investigators and to support these needs by adjusting existing Core resources and by developing new behavioral methodologies and models based on the successful work of established COBRE-WH and UK investigators. For information contact Dr. Tom Kelly at 323-5206.