There are numerous core facilities and shared resources available to members of the University of Vermont Cancer Center to support them in their research efforts. The goal of these resources is to provide advanced technology and expertise as a part of the research team. Core facilities offering services to members include the following:
Advanced Genome Technologies Core
The Advanced Genome Technologies Core is an overarching umbrella encompassing three distinct shared resource facility arms:
The Biobank collects specimens of cancer and where possible adjacent normal tissues within a short time period from surgical resection. These specimens are made available to researchers along with associated clinical data.
The Molecular Bioinformatics Shared Resource is the primary source for bioinformatics support for members on campus. This core enables investigators to navigate large complicated data sets and summarize those data into publishable inferences. The primary goal of the Molecular Bioinformatics Shared Resource (MBSR) is to provide support for experiments based on genome sequence, epigenetic modification, or expression.
The Biostatistics Facility develops and maintains a comprehensive coordinated program of research support covering biostatistics, statistical genetics, and epidemiology for biomedical and health-related research activities.
Cancer Translational Research Laboratory
The Cancer Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) is dedicated to improving the development of collaborative transdisciplinary partnerships between scientists and physician investigators.
The Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC) is designed as a multi-user resource for the collection and analysis of biological images for clinical and research applications. The MIC consists of ten microscopy-based imaging systems. At the light and electron microscopic levels, it provides state of the art, quality assured, morphologically oriented services.
The Bioinformatics Shared Resource offers services related to genomic sequence and expression. The BSR is located in the Hills Building and staffed by Julie Dragon, Ramiro Barrantes, Marni Slavik, and David Shirley. More than 50 clients gain access to this services through their association with the University of Vermont or outside institutions. Services can be funded through grants or free-for-service mechanisms.