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UK GCRC Launches National GCRC Core Laboratory Web Site

By Jennifer M. Bonck

 

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UK GCRC designed and developed the Web site in cooperation with the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a division of the NIH. The site offers information and communication resources integral to the pursuit of clinical research. It also offers an accessible central forum to maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships among centers throughout the country.

April 4, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky is leading the way in a key mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—maintaining communication networks among clinical research centers across the nation.

The UK General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Core Lab and Informatics Division recently launched the National GCRC Core Laboratory Web site at the 2003 GCRC National Annual Conference recently held in Baltimore.

UK GCRC designed and developed the Web site in cooperation with the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a division of the NIH. The site offers information and communication resources integral to the pursuit of clinical research. It also offers an accessible central forum to maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships among centers throughout the country.

M. Chris Langub, Ph.D., director, UK GCRC Core Lab and Informatics Divisions; Eva Li, M.S., systems manager; Nancy Kukulinsky, Ph.D., UK GCRC administrative director; and Hartmut Malluche, UK GCRC program director, were integral to the development of the site. Geoffrey Cheung, Ph.D., NCRR medical officer, oversees the UK GCRC at NIH-NCRR.

Cheung and other NIH-NCRR officers were present for the launching of the site at the recent national conference. These officers included Anthony Hayward, M.D., Ph.D., associate director for clinical research, NCRR, and Elaine Collier, Ph.D., NCRR medical officer.

Since 1985, the UK GCRC has had continued funding from NCRR to provide clinical scientists the essential resources necessary to conduct patient-oriented research, and last year was awarded funding of $11.6 million for the next five years from NIH.

The mission of the National Association of GCRC Core Laboratories is to provide a cooperative communication network between the NIH, NCRR, and the GCRC laboratory directors, managers and professional laboratory staff.

To learn more about this national project, visit the National GCRC Core Laboratory Web site at www.gcrclab.org.


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