The research laboratories of the Department of Anesthesiology are located on two floors of a recently constructed research building in close proximity to other research buildings, as well as the University Hospital, Veterans Hospital and Childrens Hospital.
Facilities include animal surgical suites, Biosafety Level facilities for exposing animals and cells to a variety of pathogens, a pain monitoring laboratory, and state of the art facilities for assessing nitric oxide levels in cells and tissues, high pressure liquid chromatography facilities for assessing low molecular weight scavengers in human and animal tissues and a variety of electrophysiological instruments for measuring ion transport across lung epithelial in vivo as well as minute levels of currents during opening of ion channels in human and animal cells. Unique, state of the art core facilities include: (1) electron spin resonance (2) light and fluorescent microscopes; (3) laminar flow hoods and incubators for cell culture.
The first floor of this building houses a state of the art animal unit, staffed by veterinarians and animal technicians maintaining colonies of small rodents (mainly mice and rats) as well as Xenopus oocytes. Within the animal unit, there is a state of the art facility for the exposure of animals to oxidant gases (such as oxygen, ozone and chlorine) utilized extensively by faculty members of the Critical Care Division. These unique facilities help catalyze research and promote collaboration with members of the University community.