The BbRL also offers collaborative and consulting support to patient-centered outcome research programs interested in conducting human subject health research in the West Texas/Southern New Mexico/Northern Mexico region. The BbRL supports health researchers with the implementation and management of a wide range of clinical, biomedical, and behavioral data collection processes. Our services range from providing minor consulting during the study or protocol design stages to completely taking over data collection and management processes. The BbRL also offers a functional capacity to assist researchers with a wide range of environmental exposure assessments.

Clinical: The laboratory’s clinical infrastructure includes clinical and behavioral examination rooms, phlebotomy stations, and reception areas. The BbRL also manages a mobile clinical lab to support onsite data and sample collection. The BbRL is equipped with the clinical capacity to perform biometric (height, weight, BMI), heart rate variability (electrocardiogram), ultrasound arterial wall thickness measurements, retinal microvascular imaging, non-invasive endothelial function, lung function, and lung inflammation tests.

Biomedical: The BbRL also has the capacity to collect, process, and store biological samples (e.g., blood, saliva, stool) as well as perform biomarker analysis. The equipment includes -80° freezers, Class III biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, cell incubators, washers, microplate readers, and a Luminex 200 multiplex analyzer.

Beyond housing its own fundament biomedical capacity the BbRL works directly with the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) to increase its capacity to conduct human subject biomedical research. The BBRC is sponsored by NIH, via a Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program G12 grant, and offers state-of-the-art core analytical facilities in Cytometry, Bioinformatics, Biomolecule analysis, Genomic analysis, Community Engagement, and Statistical Consulting.

Behavioral: The BbRL is developing a growing repository of validated self-report instruments programmed in Qualtrics or licensed via third-party vendors. The BBRL instrument repository facilitates the collection and management of self-reported demographic, psychometric, and behavioral data and accelerates study start-up times. The repository currently includes instruments for the following assessments:

Purpose Instrument # Items Duration (mins)
Burnout Maslach Burnout Inventory 22 15
Contact and demographic information Registration Form 25 10
Depression Severity PHQ-9 9 5
Depression Symptoms Moods and Feeling 33 10
Early Life Stress STRAIN 180 25
Emotional Intelligence Mayer-Salovey-Caruso 141 45
Family Health History Family Practice Health History Questionnaire 15 5
General Health SF-36 36 15
Health History Childhood Adversity ACE 150 25
IQ Overclaiming Questionnaire (OCQ-150) 150 25
Parental Attachment Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (revised) 75 30
Personality NEO PI R 240 40
Self-Efficacy Nursing Student Self-Efficay Scale 45 25
SES MacArthur Network 11 5
Social Support ENRICHED Social Instrument 7 5
Stress Coping Skills Coping Strategy Inventory 72 20
Stress Coping Style The Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS) 48 15
Work/School Stress STRAIN 30 10

The BbRL has access to two-way observational rooms (ideal for stress tests), interview rooms, and computer rooms to support the use of both online self-report or interviewer-driven questionnaires. The BbRL also has expertise in the conduction of acute stress testing via the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) as well as the capacity to conduct simultaneous semi-controlled exposure experiments to psychosocial stress and real-world air pollution.

Environmental: Furthermore, the BbRL includes the capacity to support a wide range of environmental health research studies. The BbRL manages a mobile clinical/exposure laboratory equipped to conduct clinical measurements on site as well as controlled air pollution exposure experiments. The BbRL also manages a stationary fully equipped air quality monitoring station located near Interstate Highway 10 as well as a mobile air quality laboratory capable of conducting fundamental air pollution measurements on site.