The Research Services Core (RSC) provides basic support for projects and programs in the department. The RSC facilities evolved from an original Program Project grant led by Dr. Cowley to a large group of professional engineers, machinists, computer programmers, systems analysts, histologists, and animal technicians who provide infrastructure support to all the research programs in the department. This core is supported from a variety of sources including, NIH grants, departmental resources, contracts, and institutional funds.
Eleven individuals currently staff the RSC, each with significant experience in a broad range of activities that support the research infrastructure. The staff is divided into several groups: computer support; analytical and statistical consultation; chronic animal monitoring; histology, microscopy and image processing; custom machine and electronic fabrication; instrument service; and rat colony maintenance.
Systems management is a key element in sustaining large and complex research efforts. This concept is applied to maximize efficiency and flexibility in design and maintenance of research equipment and facilities used by researchers in the department. Integration of the various component parts of a research protocol into a reproducible and manageable system comes from combining experienced individuals of complementary skill sets to given design problems. The objective is to provide a technical infrastructure for the research programs from the laboratory bench to publication.