The Core Administrators Network - Coördinating Committee (CAN-CC) was established in 2010, with the goal of facilitating interactions between core scientists and administrators and to facilitate networking among core administrators. The committee’s mission is based on the understanding that research core facilities exist at the interface of the administrative, financial and scientific sectors of a research organization. Many institutions have established administrative positions designed to assist core facilities with management of economic, regulatory and performance issues. The CAN-CC focuses on facilitating discussion of issues faced by core administrators. A major goal of the CAN-CC is to create a community for core administrators within the framework of the ABRF.
Veronica Rice (Chair) - Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nancy Fisher (EB Liaison) - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Katherine Hale - MD Anderson
Justine Karungi - University of Kansas Medical Center
Heather Richards - Ohio State University
Andrew Vinard - University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Jeffrey Smith - Johns Hopkins SOM
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Check out the CAN-CC Discussion forum - a listserv that is dedicated to CAN-CC activities, is public and archived. You can post a comment or respond to an ongoing discussion by clicking here: CAN Discussion Group. Once registered, you can also post and read directly from your email!
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ABRF responds to NIGMS Request for Information Notice Number: NOT-GM-16-103
On April 4, 2016 the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) issued a request for information (RFI) on the “Need for and Support of Research Resources for the Biomedical Research Community.” Resources are defined broadly, including reagents, instrumentation, software, and even the manipulation of biological systems to produce tools. Respondents were asked to describe needs and opportunities at the investigator, institutional, regional and/or national level. Feedback will be used to inform NIGMS’s investment in resources and may lead to new programs or activities. Comments were due by June 3, 2016 and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be found in the RFI notice (NOT-GM-16-103).
At the request of the Executive Board, and on behalf of ABRF, the Core Administrators Network – Coördinating Committee (CAN-CC) provided the following response.
Special NIH Workshop - Enhancing Efficiency of Research Core Facilities
The NIH partnered with the ABRF to host a one day workshop the day before ABRF2015 in St. Louis, March 28. The goal of the workshop was to identify lessons learned and best practices for enhancing the efficiency of research core facilities. NIH characterized its support and policies affecting cores. Institutional leaders presented their experience and perspective on obstacles and solutions to enhancing efficiency including centralizing management, sharing, and co-locating cores. Videos and associated slides of the meeting can be found online (part 1, part 2, part 3).
ABRF Career Development Committee
Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The ABRF Career Development Committee has compiled links to information from several institutions. Please visit the Career Development Committee page for more information.
Core Facility Acknowledgement: BioTechniques New Policy
BioTechniques: the International Journal of Life Science Methods has just announced a new policy regarding attribution of core facilities in publications. Their new policy is that submitted manuscripts should include acknowledgement of any use of core facilities. The journal will now ask authors during final acceptance if they worked with a core laboratory.
The ABRF will continue to champion the adoption of similar policies by other scientific journals. Please note that the ABRF Website provides Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts (please click here [link to authorship guidelines] for more information).
March 2014 NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (PAR14-073) FAQs
The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to questions regarding new instructions for the Institutional Letter of Support and other issues related to this grant mechanism SIG FAQs
Meeting materials from ABRF 2013, including presentation files are available on the ABRF meetings archive page:
|Michelle Detwiler||Roswell Park Cancer Institute||past EB liaison: 10/10 - 02/11|
|George S. Grills||Cornell University||past EB liaison: 02/11 - 03/13|
|Phil Hockberger||Northwestern University||Member, Co-Chair: 10/10 - 04/15|
|Karen Jonscher||University of Colorado Denver||past EB liaison: 02/11 - 03/12|
|Connie Nicklin||University of Florida ICBR||Member: 10/10 - 06/15|
|Diane Tabarini||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center||Past member: 10/10 - 03/14|
|Anthony Yeung||Fox Chase Cancer Ctr||past EB liaison: 10/10 - 02/11|
|Paula Turpen||University of Nebraska Medical Center||past EB liaison: 03/14 - 02/16|
|Andrew Vinard||University of Miami||Member: 4/13-10/15|