Researchers Gather for UM Shared Resources Fair

On March 23, more than 200 researchers attended the second Shared Resources Fair, sponsored by the Office of Scientific Advancement and Research Training, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., executive dean for research and research training, was delighted with the turnout and emphasized the importance of the 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,” said Dr. Szapocznik.

At the fair, more than 60 posters displayed information on the varied core laboratories, facilities and shared resources supporting discovery science and translational and clinical research campus wide. Researchers met with shared resource staff members, learned how UM technologies 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. If you attended the fair but didn’t get a chance to complete the survey, please take a few minutes to do so now at

This year’s fair was held in conjunction with a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum titled “Models of Human Disease,” and featured a handful of posters illustrating models and their utility for the study of human disease.

For more information on the University’s research resources, please contact Andrew Vinard at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For a list of the University’s core and shared facilities, visit

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