Faculty, residents, research fellows and medical and graduate students at the Brody School of Medicine engage in a range of basic and clinical research. In keeping with the school’s mission of service, the research programs and other community support activities include attention to health problems present in the region. Ongoing research programs include hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, renal function, reproduction, alcohol toxicity, human nutrition, cancer, allergy, asthma, gerontology, transplantation immunology, human genetics, cellular and molecular neuroscience, cellular metabolism, DNA recombinant technology, medical ethics and minimally invasive surgery. In addition, personnel of the Center for Health Services Research and Development assess various aspects of the region’s health care delivery system and assist in the development of new service programs. The laboratories of the Brody Medical Sciences Building, the Biotechnology Center, and the Warren Life Sciences Building are equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies required in all aspects of basic and applied biomedical science ranging from the molecular level to the intact organism. Core Technical Facilities, including flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, provide investigators with access to sophisticated instrumentation. Faculty members also have access to a specially constructed containment facility that permits research with hazardous micro-organisms and transgenic animals.