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Growing a Successful & Fruitful Core: You Reap What You Sow

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February 24, 2015 12:00 PM Eastern
11:00 AM Central, 10:00 AM Mountain, 9:00 AM Pacific
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Joanne Lannigan has been actively involved in Flow Cytometry for over 30 years. She served as the Associate Technical Director of the Clinical Immunology and Flow Cytometry Laboratories at University Hospital at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1986-1999 where she supervised the clinical immunology and flow cytometry patient testing services. In 2002 she joined the Faculty of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia as a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility. She has been an active member of ISAC since 1996 and is currently an ISAC Council member, Chair of the Shared Resource Laboratory Task Force, member of the Shared Resource Laboratory Services Oversight Committee, and Vice Chair of the Certification Advisory Committee. Ms. Lannigan’s current interests involve advancing technologies in cytometry, instrument evaluation and quality assurance, flow cytometry education and core management.

The keys to a successful research core facility are a shared responsibility between the institutional research administration and the individual core directors. Both play important roles in providing the necessary resources and strategies to insure the research missions of the cores are efficiently and effectively met. This requires the alignment of goals and coordination of efforts in business planning, forecasting, and marketing. The presenter will share some personal experiences and approaches to the every day challenges of growing a successful core. We will address such challenges as:

  • Developing the right core environment
  • The Customer-Core relationship
  • Expense recovery vs. affordable rates
  • Growing the user base
  • Establishing an efficient (lean) operation
  • Recruiting/retaining quality staff
  • Ensuring quality data
  • Planning for the future

Approaching these challenges from a day-to-day perspective is an important part of effectively integrating the larger goals of the institution; no one knows your strengths and weaknesses better than you.