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National Resource Center for Cephalopods (NRCC)

Copyright 2003 The University of Texas Medical Branch
The NRCC is a scientific program supporting the mission of the Marine Resources and Aquatic Technology Program (MRATP) of the Marine Biomedical Institute (MBI), University of Texas Medical Branch. The MBI is a member institution of the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories and the National Association of Marine Laboratories.

The NRCC is located 50 miles south of Houston with access to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It offers production systems for the culture of cephalopods, dormitory-style housing for visiting scientists, office space, computing resources, dry and wet laboratories, aquaculture facilities and docking space for research vessels. Its new Harborside Campus resources include a state of the art aquaculture facility in Ewing Hall.

The NRCC has a 20-year history of providing the biomedical research community with squid, cuttlefish and other cephalopods for research. It is the only facility to date that has been able to culture squids from egg to adulthood for multiple generations. It is able to provide known-age squid, cuttlefishes and octopuses as well as cells, tissues and organ systems to researchers without the trauma of mass harvesting, thus providing excellent research animals while preserving the natural populations of cephalopods in the oceans. It also hosts CephBase (http://www.cephbase.utmb.edu/), the world portal for information on cephalopods, which was originally funded by the Sloan Foundation as part of the Census of Marine Life and is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.


National Resource Center for Cephalopods

Affiliation:   University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB),  University of Texas at Austin (UT)

Type of Organization:   Marine Research Center or Laboratory

Sector:   Academia

Main Field of Focus:   Biomedical Research

Year Created:   1975

Contact Person:   Lee, Phillip G.

Mailing Address:
National Resource Center for Cephalopods
Marine Biomedical Institute
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1163
USA
Telephone: +1 409-772-2133
Fax: +1 409-772-6993
E-mail: pglee@utmb.edu

Keywords:   Biomedical, Squid, Galveston, Cuttlefish, Cephalopod, Octopus


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