The cores have continued to move forward, co-relocating several additional core services. “Significant new investment by the Medical School means investigators can economically and efficiently take advantage of the latest technology and collaborate with top experts, helping to enable cutting-edge research,” said Cassandra Wong, Director of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF).
[pullquote align=”right”] In addition to making cutting-edge research more economical and efficient, centrally locating the services adds convenience and spawns collaborations.[/pullquote]At the collection of labs at BRCF, U-M health researchers share access to the latest technology, computational models, and research analysis across locations and platforms. Part of the U-M Medical School Office of Research, BRCF provides faculty and staff at NCRC and across the University with:
“NCRC has given us this rare opportunity and it benefits investigators and helps advance their research.” Over time, the core facilities will continue to change to keep pace as technology and scientific research methods change. “Now that we are at the NCRC, we will continue to evolve in order to remain relevant with the changing nature of biomedical research,” Wong added.
Some of the core facilities available onsite include:
In addition to making cutting-edge research more economical and efficient, centrally locating the services adds convenience and spawns collaborations. Wong said, “The spontaneous interaction between the people using the core facilities and the core facilities themselves can produce some powerful synergies and provide a seamless process for investigators who use these services.
“In some ways, we are a hub consisting of a variety of different labs that serve researchers in different ways,” she said. “Now that the lines are being blurred between traditional fields of study, partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations are increasingly becoming the norm, and we are seeing this in the core facilities too.”
Eventually, she envisions a core facilities mall, a one-stop shop to keep pace with research technology, meeting the needs of investigators across the continuum of biomedical research.