Seven academic research institutions in Virginia have signed a memorandum of understanding to share core facilities and resources in an effort to advance the research enterprise in the commonwealth. The vice presidents for research from the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and College of William & Mary, working together with Virginia Catalyst, have achieved a breakthrough in collaborations that will greatly increase Virginia's competitiveness nationally and globally. It will do so by increasing the accessibility for investigators affiliated with one institution to major resources at partner institutions. The main means by which this will be accomplished is by reciprocal offer of internal rates at certain institutional core laboratories.
The affected resources are as follows:
Manager of research infrastructure
Jay W. Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of microbiology, immunology and cancer biology
Director of shared resources
Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement [pdf] for full descriptions and contact information for Virginia Tech resources.
William J. Wasilenko, Ph.D.
Associate vice president of research operations
George Mason University
Office of Sponsored Programs
Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement [pdf] for full descriptions and contact information for GMU resources.
Karen Eck, Ph.D.
Assistant vice president for research
Office of Research
Old Dominion University
Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement [pdf] for full descriptions and contact information for ODU resources.
Christopher A. Del Negro, Ph.D., director
Professor of applied science, coordinator core resources
Eric L. Bradley, Ph.D., deputy director
Professor of biology, science precinct coordinator and EMT liaison
Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement [pdf] for full descriptions and contact information for W&M resources.
** In special recognition of the frequently irreplaceable nature of samples housed within a shared resource primarily concerned with acquisition and distribution of clinical tissue samples (i.e., a biorepository), access to samples from the VCU Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core and the UVA Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility will require a determination by the respective scientific director that granting access will not disruptively impact the potential future needs of investigators at the home institution.