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Acknowledging the BBL in Publications

The existence of core facilities depends in part on proper acknowledgment in publications. This is an important metric of the value of most core facilities, including ours. Proper acknowledgment of our core enables us to obtain financial and other support so that we can continue to provide essential services in the best ways possible. It also helps core personnel to advance in their careers.

We kindly ask you to recognize the contributions of the BBL and/or our personnel to your research project and publications when appropriate. For more information and guidelines on when and how to cite core facility contributions, please visit the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities Recommended Guidelines for Authorship.

Listing the BBL in Grant Applications

Below is a template with a description of the BBL resources that can be used by BBL current/future users when requesting funding.

Biobehavioral Laboratory

The School of Nursing (SON) has a Biobehavioral Laboratory (BBL) to assist researchers with the measurement of physiological and behavioral variables in both laboratory and clinical conditions. The BBL works with faculty and students to develop innovative measurement techniques and incorporate biomarkers to study the changing nature of chronic illness and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of nursing/clinical interventions. The BBL emphasizes non-invasive monitoring and use of portable instrumentation. The laboratory houses a number of instruments for the monitoring of physiologic parameters such as electrical brain activity, cardiac output, oxygenation, body composition, and heart rate responses. The BBL includes a sleep lab, a behavioral observations lab, a wet protein and molecular biology lab, cell culture room, a biofeedback room, and an instrumentation development and training facility. The behavioral observations lab includes an observation area equipped with video recording equipment and computers with Noldus Observer System software for videotape scoring and analysis of subject behavioral responses. The BBL also includes a molecular genetics lab that contains a thermal I-cycler for PCR, a Real-Time PCR QuantStudio Flex 12 with array cards, and equipment for Western blots, DNA/RNA/protein isolation, and fluorescent probe generation and hybridization.

Staff at the BBL are trained to conduct biomarker analysis in biofluids using ELISA and qPCR arrays, as well as molecular biology techniques, culture of mammalian cell lines and primary culture from various tissues, induction of cell differentiation, DNA/RNA transient transfection, viral-delivered (lentivirus and adenovirus) and shRNA-mediated gene knockdown in cells, and generation of DNA/RNA libraries for sequencing.  Dr. Patricia Silveyra serves as director of the SON BBL.

For additional requests such as letters of support, biosketches, or other requests, please contact us at sonbbl@unc.edu.