Workshop: Enhancing Efficiency of Research Core Facilities

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Organizers:  James M. Anderson, NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, NIH, and William Hendrickson, University of Illinois, Chicago, and President, ABRF.  Speakers – see agenda.

The goal of this workshop is to identify lessons learned and best practices for enhancing the efficiency of research core facilities.  NIH will characterize its support and policies affecting cores.  Institutional leaders will present their experience and perspective on obstacles and solutions to enhancing efficiency including centralizing management, sharing, and co-locating cores.  

The target attendees are Research Deans, Institution-wide Core Administrators, and Core Directors.

The NIH invests substantial resources in core research facilities – centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, and expert consultation, and other services to scientific and clinical investigators.  The NIH wants to hear from institutional leaders and core facility administrators and directors about how to improve efficiency including centralizing management, sharing, and co-locating cores. 

This Workshop will be highly participatory.  Speakers will engage the audience on topics such as policy and practical challenges to centralizing management, sharing, and co-locating cores facilities.  Face-to-face discussions will enable Research Deans, Core Administrators, Core Directors, and NIH leaders to engage one another and discuss critical benefits and obstacles to enhancing the efficiency of cores.

This Workshop was recorded as is available in three parts below.  Each presenter's slides are available for viewing along with the recorded video (a time reference is listed along with each presentation in the links below each part.  The entire video collection is available here.

Part I

12:00 pm.            Welcome and Introductions

William Hendrickson, PhD, Director, Research Resources Center, University of Illinois, Chicago President, Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities

James M. Anderson, MD, PhD, NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, NIH

12:10 p.m.           Overview of NIH Investment in and Policies Governing Core Facilities

06:25 Sally Rockey, PhD, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

25:30 James M. Anderson, MD, PhD, NIH

12:50 p.m.           Selected Examples of NIH Approaches to Core Facilities  

Clinical Translational Sciences Awards and Core Facilities

49:30 Todd Wilson, DO, Medical Officer, Division of Clinical Innovation, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH

NCI-­‐supported Cancer Centers and Core Facilities

1:09:10 Michael A. Marino, PhD, Program Director, Office of Cancer Centers, National Cancer Institute, NIH

1:30 p.m.             Panel  Discussion

Moderators:   James Anderson and William Hendrickson Panelists:  Sally Rockey, Todd Wilson, Michael Marino,

Michelle Bulls, Director of Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, NIH,

and Chris Sanford, PhD, Program Director, Biological Sciences/Division of Biological Infrastructure National Science Foundation

Part II


2:15 p.m.             Challenges, Solutions and Best Practices for Centralized Core Management and Overcoming Policy, Administrative, and Practical Challenges to Enhancing Efficiency of Core Facilities

0:35 Bradley Cairns, PhD,  Professor and Chair, Dept. of Oncological Sciences Investigator, HHMI; Senior Director of Basic Science, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine

25:05 Julie Auger, Associate Director, Campus Core Facilities, University of California, Davis

53:25 David M. Dilts, PhD, MBA, CPA, CMA, Professor of Management Oregon Health and Science University

3:15 p.m.             Panel  Discussion

Moderators: James M. Anderson, PhD (NIH) and Julie Auger  (UCDavis) Panelists:  Bradley Cairns, Julie Auger, David Dilts, and

Terry Magnuson, PhD, Sara Graham Kenan Professor, Chair, Department of Genetics, Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Part III

3:40 p.m.             Sharing and Co-­‐locating Cores

0:15 Sheenah Mische, PhD, Senior Director for Collaborative Science Cores New York University

19:15 David Gorenstein, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine, Chair, Department of NanoMedicine & Biomedical Engineering University of Texas Health Science Center

45:15 John Manning, Jr., PhD, MBA, Chief Administrative Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Administration, Vanderbilt  University

4:40 p.m.             Panel Discussion

Moderators: Michael Chang, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, & Strategic Initiatives, NIH, and William Hendrickson, ABRF

Panelists:  Shennah Mische, David Gorenstein, and John Manning, Jr.

5:20 p.m.             Next Steps and Closing Remarks

Speakers: ABRF CAN-­‐CC and NIH Leadership

5:30 p.m.             Adjournment

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