Shared Resources Fair Promotes Scientific Collaboration Among Researchers
More than 200 researchers attended the second Shared Resources Fair, which was sponsored by the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Office of Scientific Advancement and Research Training, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research.
José Szapocznik, executive dean for research and research training, was delighted with the turnout and emphasized the importance of this annual event. “The shared resources fair underscores the University’s continuing commitment to enhancing the utilization of our resources, promoting scientific collaboration, and supporting the extraordinary work of our research community,” he said.
Held on the Miller School campus, the fair featured more than 60 posters with information about the various core laboratories, facilities, and shared resources supporting discovery science, translational, and clinical research at the University, including those at the Miller School, Rosenstiel School, and Coral Gables campuses. Researchers met shared resource staff members, learned how UM’s technologies and expertise can help advance their work, and shared ideas on collaborative projects.
Attendees were surveyed on a variety of topics including potential new shared resources and plans for shared instrumentation grants in 2012. Illumina, Caliper Life Sciences, VWR, and Thermo Fisher Scientific donated prizes including gift cards and iPods to encourage participation.
This year’s fair was held in conjunction with a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) titled “Models of Human Disease” and featured a handful of posters illustrating models and their utility for the study of human disease.