Maximizing Shared Research Resources for Sustainability

March 21, 2019
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Time


Today's biomedical research requires advanced technology such as transcriptomics (RNA analysis), mass spectrometry (proteomics and metabolomics), genomic perturbation (CRISPR), single cell biology, bioimaging, biostatistics/bioinformatics and integrated data management. The sophistication of these technologies and expertise required is now well beyond the reach of individual laboratories or departments. Shared Research Resource Core Laboratories are the most efficient and economical method for delivering cutting-edge technology and expertise to advance research and technology. Research institutions—universities, academic medical centers, and independent research institutes—acknowledge that Shared Research Resource Cores are integral to a sustainable research enterprise, driving innovation, promoting cutting-edge multi-disciplinary collaborative research, faculty recruitment and retainment, and competing for external research funding.

The value and importance of strategic planning and driving efficiency—two aspects that strengthen biomedical research and the pace of scientific discoveries—are not always appreciated. As such, sustainability planning is essential for Shared Research Resource Cores energy-intensive instruments and equipment, 24/7 operations, and unique ventilation requirements. This webinar will present best practices and recommendations for maximizing shared research resources from the Federation of American Scientists and Experimental Biologists (FASEB) report on Maximizing Shared Research Resources, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Enhancing Efficiency Workshops, the green labs community and I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG):

  1. Sustain research by identifying and implementing approaches to enhance efficiencies and avoiding duplication.
  2. Create a level playing field for all investigators by reducing the technical, knowledge, and cost barriers.
  3. Minimize the environmental footprint of research.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand multidisciplinary scientific collaboration has become a hallmark of biomedical research, with 90% of research today accessing Shared Research Resource Core Laboratories;
  2. Understand Shared Research Resource Cores have become hubs for research collaboration and education, best centralized on campus with easy access for the entire research community, with ample collaboration space and integrated multidisciplinary data sharing infrastructure;
  3. Understand institutional strategic planning for Shared Research Resource Laboratories is essential, both for the significant capital commitment for specialized instrumentation and the space planning and related design, HVAC and MEP considerations; and
  4. Understand that with a 3-5 year life cycle for any technology, Shared Research Resource Laboratories require flexible design standards to accommodate technology advances while meeting environmental health and safety requirements.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Sheenah Mische is Senior Director of the Division of Advanced Research Technologies (DART) and Associate Professor of Pathology at NYU Langone School of Medicine. In her role she provides oversight for all scientific shared resource cores, supporting collaborative translational interdisciplinary research. Sheenah has 30+ years of executive leadership in academia and industry, integrating multidisciplinary teams and strategic technology investment to drive innovation and collaborations. Before joining NYU Langone, she was Director of Translational Sciences and Director of Protein Resources for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that she was Director of the Rockefeller University Technology Center. She received her MS in Biochemistry from NYU and PhD in Experimental Pathology from Yale University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Scientists and Experimental Biologists (FASEB), chairs the FASEB Shared Research Resources Subcommittee, and is a member of the Association of Biomolecular Facilities (ABRF), serving on the Executive, Career Development, Education and Core Rigor and Reproducibility Committees.


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