Using breast cancer research as an example: It is clear that researchers need to study breast cancer tumor tissue. To do this, they will work with Georgetown University Medical Center's (GUMC) Shared Resources. Researchers will contact the Nontherapeutic Subject Registry (NTSR) Shared Resource to recruit and consent patients, as well as Histopathology & Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR), which collects and stores tissue samples. Not only do breast researchers have access to the samples and associated clinical data, they also rely on the pathologist leading the HTSR for his expertise. All of this takes place without the breast cancer lab investing in these resources itself. Lombardi investigators, as well as other investigators at Georgetown, have access to these shared resources.
Each shared resource is handled like a small business and is coordinated by a faculty member who is experienced in that research area. This person has a staff of one or more who facilitates access to that resource. Each "business" provides a specialized service for a reasonable user fee.
Director of Georgetown Lombardi Shared Resources, Stephen Byers, PhD, explains that these shared resources allow Lombardi and Georgetown scientists to pool their equipment, technicians and knowledge for the benefit of all. This program, which is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute, is in place to provide cost effective access to state-of-the-art technologies. New shared resources are continually being developed and brought online.
Cell and Tissue
- Flow Cytometry & Cell Sorting Shared Resource (FCSR)
- Microscopy & Imaging Shared Resource (MISR)
- Histopathology & Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR)
- Tissue Culture Shared Resource (TCSR)
- Animal Models Shared Resource (AMSR) *
*Accessible only to GUMC users with netIDs
Recruitment, Experimental Design and Analysis (REDA)
- Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Shared Resource (BBSR)
- Nontherapeutic Subject Registry Shared Resource (NTSR)
Georgetown University has established several partnerships that allow Lombardi investigators access to additional resources available at other institutions.
The Mid-Atlantic Shared Resources Consortium
The Consortium seeks to enhance the availability of the specialized technical services, equipment and expertise of consortium member institutions to support basic and clinical cancer research. Consortium members include the following National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers; the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, the University of Virginia Cancer Center and the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Each has made significant investments in shared resources to support basic and clinical research, and the close proximity of the members of the partnership makes access to the other institutions shared resources feasible. In the spirit of the National Cancer Institute's "roadmap" and in an effort to further enhance the availability of these shared resources without a further investment or cost, the Consortium seeks to share, in an economical manner, these specialized technical services and access to equipment and expertise.
Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)
GHUCCTS is a multi-institutional consortium of medical research institutions forged from a desire to promote clinical research and translational science. The members of the GHUCCTS consortium are: Georgetown University (GU), Howard University (HU), MedStar Health Research Institute (Mi-IRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Through multiple partnerships and collaborations among the member institutions, GHUCCTS is transforming clinical research and translational science in order to bring new scientific advances to health care. See more at: http://georgetownhowardctsa.org.
Remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by Shared Resources in your research papers and publications: "This research was supported by the [insert name] Shared Resource of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (P30-CA051008).