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Dartmouth, UVM Research Shares Resources to Boost Investigations

May 04, 2015
Lebanon, NH

Both Dartmouth and UVM have unique scientific resources critical to researchers working in cancer. Sharing resources within an institution is common, but between institutions and across state lines gets more complicated. Fortunately the Yankee culture of sharing tools with neighbors is prevailing, even in the ultra-high tech realm of world-class cancer investigation.

“The most exciting part is how the vast research experience at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the University of Vermont Cancer Center will become available to researchers in each organization,” said Christian Lytle, Administrative Coordinator of Dartmouth’s 14 Shared Resources. This will improve the research at both locations.”

Shared Resources are set up to provide scientific researchers with access to instrumentation, technology, services, and expert consultation. They are staffed by highly-skilled technologists and scientists who work hand-in-hand with investigators on a fee-for-service basis to recover the costs of the service they provide.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) facilitates investigators’ access to new services from known and reputable scientists at each institution. There is a distinct financial advantage to not increasing the number of regional shared resources if inter-institutional sharing will work. To maintain a shared resource, a consistent user base is required along with personnel, equipment, and supplies. In many cases, the user base at one institution simply isn’t sufficient. Prior to the formalized MOA, UVM’s Proteomics Shared Resource had accepted Dartmouth samples since 2012, paving the way for the new agreement.

“This MOA will allow expansion of user bases and increased viability of the shared resources,” explained Lytle. “All of this helps to maximize the efficacy of investigators’ funding for research. The major difficulty is overcoming the logistical hurdles of handling and shipping samples and how to move and access vast volumes of data.”

Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center and the 14 Shared Resources that include Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Clinical Pharmacology, Genomic and Molecular Biology, Immunoassays and Flow Cytometry, Irradiation and Microscopy, Speed Congenics, Trace Elements, Transgenics, Pathology, and Geospatial are supported by a government-funded Core Grant. 

The University of Vermont’s Shared Resources include Laboratory and Clinical Biochemistry, Proteomics, Microcopy and Imaging, MRI, Advanced Computing Center, Metaboloics, Flow Cytometry, Genome Technologies, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Bionutrition, and BioStatistics and Design. 

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute's "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at cancer.dartmouth.edu.

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