Office of Research Technologies
The Office of Research Technologies (ORT) provides operational support to the University’s core facilities, and serves as a resource for investigators needing information and access to general and specialized scientific instrumentation and services available from our core facilities.
- Assistance with Operational Infrastructure
ORT assists core facilities deal with a range of operational needs; application process for new recharge service centers as well as rate revisions for existing cores, survey design and distribution which provide valuable feedback to core directors from their client base, and identification of laboratory, information, and management systems which may be useful tools for increasing core efficiency.
- Education and Training
ORT organizes and assists with educational workshops and forums which focus on introducing core users to new technologies, as well as training and information for core directors. Offerings in the past have included presentations from industry introducing new technologies, core directors covering available services and techniques, and group talks on specific scientific research areas.
- Increasing Core Visibility
ORT strives to increase awareness and usage of our core facilities through promotional materials, website, and events highlighting core facilities.
ORT is engaged in a continuing conversation with Office of Sponsored Research and School of Medicine Office of Research to develop, disseminate and implement policies and guidelines affecting core facilities.
Michael Topal, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Core Technologies
School of Medicine
Phone: (919) 966-8208
Phone: (919) 843-9554
Core Facilities Advocacy Committee (CFAC)
The Core Facilities Advocacy Committee reports to the School of Medicine Vice Dean for Research. The committee is chaired by the Assistant Dean for Core Technologies.
Reviewing the scientific and operational status of cores is a major function of the committee. The committee includes faculty members chosen for their expertise in specific categories of technology and for their interest in strengthening core facilities at UNC. Current categories, each advocating for multiple cores, include 1) Animal Models and Phenotyping, 2) Biochemistry, 3) Clinical/Translational, 4) Genomics and 5) Imaging. Committee members work directly with core facility directors to evaluate and recommend upgrading of technology and to ensure high-quality services and user satisfaction. The committee reviews requests and makes recommendations for expenditures for core facilities, including the purchase of new equipment.
The role of CFAC includes advising the Vice Dean of Research on equipment needs and funding development of new core facility technologies, space allocation, and the expansion, sunsetting, and consolidation of existing cores.
Cost Analysis and Compliance, Office of Sponsored Research
The Cost Analysis and Compliance Office performs the institutional review, approval and oversight function that allows research service center facilities to charge fees for services.