Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Cores

What is the mission of the CTSI Cores?

To improve human health by transforming the research and training environment to enhance the efficacy and quality of clinical and translational research.

What services do the CTSI Cores provide?

Please click on a link below to access the CTSI sites for each individual core.

CTSI Cores

  • CTSI Biorepository Core

    • Biospecimen collection, processing, and storage.  Stored biospecimens can be used by any researcher with an IRB-approved protocol.
    • Prospective biospecimen collection to fulfill investigator needs for IRB-approved protocols
    • Storage for biospecimens collected by investigators
      • Stored biospecimens belong solely to that investigator
      • Oversight of the Release of biospecimens from the UF Dept of Pathology for other IRB-approved research protocols.
      • Pathology services including those provided by the Molecular Pathology Core and confirmation of diagnosis by a board-certified pathologist upon request.
  • Human Imaging Core
    • Structural and functional MRI
    • Methods and protocols for MRI data acquisition
    • Image quality assurance and quality control
    • Image acquisition and transfer support
    • Image archive, review, and access
    • Teaching investigators data acquisition and analysis techniques
    • Assisting researchers in designing experimental protocols
    • Development of advanced MR imaging and spectroscopy methodology
  • Genotyping Core
  • Biobehavioral Core
  • Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics
  • Quality Assurance, GCP, GLP
  • REDCap
  • Integrated Data Repository
  • Biomedical Informatics

Does the CTSI have any new services it anticipates adding soon?

CTSI always anticipates adding new services to their available cores.  There are current plans to add a Simulation Core (under Dr. S. Lampotang), and to add additional services to the Biorepository Core for RNA/DNA extraction from tissue and blood, as well as, testing for RNA quality.

How should you contact the CTSI Cores to engage their services in a project or ask advice?

For more information, call the CTSI main number at 352.273.8700 or email Visit the cores website ( for contact information for each CTSI Core provided.

The UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) does not provide financial assistance for the use of CTSI Cores.  However, if you are interested in becoming a Cancer Center member, please visit the Membership Policy and Application site.  For further questions about membership with the UFHCC, please contact

How can you provide feedback on the CTSI Cores?

To provide feedback to CTSI call the CTSI main number at 352.273.8700 or email

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