The D'Vice Squad can offer a wide range of technical assistance, including the following experienced consultants.

Biomechanical Testing Facility

The Biomechanical Testing facility conducts high quality research that leads to advancement in basic scientific knowledge and clinical applications in orthopedics. The laboratory has extensive expertise in the area of in vitro biomechanical testing, with projects ranging from describing the three-dimensional motion of the spine following total disc replacement to testing the strength of various lower limb fractures fixation constructs.

Calling on the expertise of Scientists across an array of disciplines- medicine, engineering, physiology, computer science and more- the laboratory is rapidly advancing our understanding of the structural mechanisms in the cause and treatment of common orthopedic injuries.

The lab currently staffs 12 full and part-time researchers, with technical backgrounds ranging from pre-medicine to electrical engineering.

To hear more about how the PDC can help with biomechanical testing, please view this brief video from PDC co-founder, Jennifer Buckley.

The Biomechanical testing facility is located at San Francisco General Hospital, Building 100, room 123.
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The California Institute for Quantative Biosciences (QB3) Garage

The goal of the QB3 Garage is to help entrepreneurs move efficiently from conducting biomedical research to creating biotech companies. By lowering the energy barrier required to start a biotech company, QB3 is helping to ensure the continued development of novel therapies, diagnostics, and research tools, and the sustained growth of the California economy.

To redress this challenge QB3 has created an incubator that allows very small companies access to modern laboratory space in close proximity to QB3 investigators. But this is not an incubator in the traditional sense, rather we have created the biological laboratory equivalent of a garage - a small space for inventive entrepreneurs to lay the foundations for what may be another great California company.

The QB3 garage is located at: 
UCSF Mission Bay Campus 2522 Byers Hall Room 214C 1700 4th St,
San Francisco, CA 94158-2330

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Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory

The Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory is focused around the development of miniaturized medical devices, and PDC-relevant projects include wireless, battery-less sensors for physiological monitoring, precision microtools for surgical procedures, and therapeutic implants. Resources of the Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory are available to PDC members, including access to state-of-the-art software tools such including SolidWorks, COMSOL, and Matlab; fabrication facilities including micro/nanoscale prototyping of silicon and polymeric devices, 3D printing, and machine shop; and electronics and sensor testing instrumentation including network/impedance analyzers, digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, and electrical probe station. 

It is housed on the second floor of Byers Hall on the Mission Bay Campus. 

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The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF was one of the first 12 academic institutions selected to be part of the NIH's national clinical & translational science consortium. The consortium has a charter to transform clinical and translational research to ensure that the best health solutions get to patients as quickly as possible. At UCSF, CTSI is a cross-campus institute, with scientist leaders at its helm. As a part of the National Institute of Health's CTSA network, UCSF's CTSI is involved in national committees and activities in all major areas identified as necessary to support clinical & translational research. Read more about the CTSA National Consortium on the National Activities page.

This site is an ever-growing web resource to help those involved in clinical and translational research at UCSF find the resources, services and knowledge they need to be efficient, creative and collaborative in their work.

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