Shared Resources and Partnership
Using cancer research as an example: It is clear that researchers need to study tumor tissue. To do this, they will work with Georgetown University Medical Center's (GUMC) Shared Resources. Researchers will work with the Nontherapeutic Subject Registry (NTSR) Shared Resource to recruit and consent patients, as well as the Histopathology & Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR), which collects and stores tissue samples. Not only do 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 research laboratory investing in these resources itself. Multiple shared resources provide services in a variety of molecular, cellular, informatic, animal model and other pre-clinical areas. All investigators at Georgetown University have access to these shared resources. A number of specialized GUMC shared resources also serve other academic centers within and outside the US, as well as small and mid-sized biotechnology companies, often as partnerships with Georgetown faculty members.
Each shared resource is handled like a small business and is coordinated by a dedicated team scientist who is experienced in that research area. Each "business" provides a specialized service for a reasonable user fee.
Director of GUMC Shared Resources, Stephen Byers, PhD, explains that these shared resources allow Georgetown scientists to access a pool of state of the art equipment, technical expertise and knowledge, which benefits all. This program, which is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute and by shared instrumentation awards from the NIH and other sponsors, is in place to provide cost effective use of state-of-the-art technologies and methods. New services are continually being developed and brought online to accommodate rapidly changing demands and new technologies.
Shared Resources Core
Georgetown University has established several partnerships that allow GUMC 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.
John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University (JTCC)
JTCC is a full consortium partner with Georgetown-Lombardi and its Shared Resources. Unique immune-phenotyping, population science and bioinformatic platforms (COTA) are shared with Georgetown Lombardi members
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).
Director: Stephen Byers, PhD
New Research Building E415 | (202) 687-1813
Administrative Director: Sampada Apte
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