The mission of the ABRF Committee on Core Rigor and Reproducibility (CCoRRe) is to enable rigorous and reproducible research through support of shared scientific resources in advancing technology, education and communication. Core facilities support a significant portion of the research conducted at biomolecular research institutions, thus playing a critical role in achieving efficient use of research funds and broadening access to advanced skills, expertise and technologies. Shared scientific research resources generate the majority of research data at many institutions, so their role in maintaining necessary expertise and generating high quality data is considerable. CCoRRe efforts are focused on building educational resources, sharing critical best practice guidelines, and providing important tools to the core community that will impact rigor, reproducibility and transparency across the range of science and technology.
Core Lab Reproducibility Survey
There is strong interest across the ABRF community in the overall conduct of rigorous and reproducible science, as demonstrated by the response to a recent survey conducted by the CCoRRe (pending publication in JBT). The survey was designed to develop understanding of how NIH initiatives on advancing scientific rigor and reproducibility influenced current services and new technology development. In addition, the survey aimed to identify challenges related to the conduct of rigorous research, and opportunities for improvements, new practices and resources that can support the best core science. 243 individuals from 21 countries responded to the survey, and 53% of them identified as members of the ABRF. The majority of the survey respondents were core facility directors or managers (69%) and work in an academic setting (72%) in the United States (79%), representing a wide range of technologies.
The results from the CCoRRe survey were most recently highlighted at the ABRF2019 Annual Meeting in San Antonio Texas. View the poster.
Susan Meyn, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Chair)
Kevin Knudtson, University of Iowa (Executive Board Liaison)
Rebecca Davies, University of Minnesota
Nancy Fisher, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Christopher Gregory, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Adrian Halme, University of Virginia
Sheenah Mische, NYU Langone Medical Center
Katia Sol-Church, University of Virginia
Frances Weis-Garcia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center