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School of Medicine Holds Its First Translational Technologies and Resources Symposium to Spotlight Campus Core Facilities

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

 Nick Ambulos would like to see more attention paid to the core resources available at the School of Medicine.

The first Translational Technologies and Resources Symposium was held December 8, 2009 in MSTF. The purpose of the symposium was to spotlight the core facilities that are available at the School of Medicine for faculty researchers and clinicians. “Instead of thinking about the cores as individual units, we are now trying to visualize them as networks that have common themes,” says Nick Ambulos, PhD, associate professor of Microbiology & Immunology and director of the Baltimore Biopolymer Core Facility. “How can the cores fit together and best be utilized? We’d like to get these different resources talking together and interacting to advance research here.”


Presenters included Alan Faden, MD, the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma, professor of anesthesiology and director of the University of Maryland Charles “McC.” Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, a Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Organized Research Center; David Weber, PhD, professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center; and Bruce Yu, PhD, associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bioengineering at the University of Maryland at College Park.


While these presenters offered examples of successful and potential core collaborations, there is still much work to be done, particularly when it comes to measuring and documenting the impact of these collaborations. “It is an area that needs improvement overall, in all the cores,” Ambulous admits. “There are some that are doing that on a regular basis, but one of the things I’m trying to do is figure out how we can best do this for everyone as we move forward. It’s important. That is what shows the administration that the investments they’re making are getting good bang for their buck.”


For a complete list of core facilities and their capabilities, please visit http://medschool.umaryland.edu/research/core.asp

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