Shared Resources Core
The Shared Core provides centralized services needed by investigators in the Charleston Alcohol Research Center. Since its inception, the Shared Core has been a valuable part of the Center, refining its services to best meet the needs of a dynamic research environment.
The Shared Core contains three services identified as important by Center researchers: the Animal Model Core, the Genotyping Core, and the widely utilized Biostatistics Core.
- The Animal Model Core provides basic science researchers in the Center with animals that have been treated in a standardized, well-validated ethanol dependence model. This facilitates integration of data collected from the various Center projects including electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral measures that will be related to consequences of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure using a single model.
- The Genotyping Core supports the Center’s increasing needs for advanced genetic analysis. Although this service predominantly supports clinical research projects in the Center, extending this core function to other clinical as well as preclinical projects enhances translational efforts in the Center.
- The Biostatistics Core provides data management, expert statistical analysis, and consulting service to all Center research projects through the Office of Statistics and Database Management.
By centralizing these services, several important benefits are realized. First, the Shared Core provides needed expertise in specialized areas. Second, it affords a more efficient and standardized research environment, as it prevents the duplication of effort by individual research groups. Third, the Shared Core provides time- and cost-savings for all research studies that utilize the services. Finally, the Shared Core system fosters greater integration of Center research activities and it provides a central authority for quality control over provision and utilization of services, as well as ensuring that its services meet the needs of Center investigators.