Core Administrators Network

The Core Administrators Network - Coordinating Committee (CAN-CC) was established in 2010, with the goal of facilitating interactions between core scientists and administrators and to facilitate networking among core administrators. The committee’s mission is based on the understanding that research core facilities exist at the interface of the administrative, financial and scientific sectors of a research organization. Many institutions have established administrative positions designed to assist core facilities with management of economic, regulatory and performance issues. The CAN-CC focuses on facilitating discussion of issues faced by core administrators. A major goal of the CAN-CC is to create a community for core administrators within the framework of the ABRF. 

Questions or interest in joining an ABRF committee? Contact us

The CAN-CC is requesting your input on the Administration Track for the ABRF 2022 Conference in Palm Springs, CA.  A call for proposals or suggested proposals is now available for all members to complete.  These proposals will remain open through August 13 (Friday). Proposals may be submitted here.

Recent Events: 

Core Administration Town Hall
Thursday, May 20
1:00 pm ET
Access recording here

Topic:  Optimal Design of Cores from the Ground Up


  • Katherine Stemke-Hale, PhD
  • Director, Institutional Shared Resources
    MD Anderson Cancer Center  
  • Nyma A. Shah, CCRP, MBA
    Director Strategic Projects
    SVP, Strategy and Business Development 
    MD Anderson Cancer Center 

  •  Christine O’Connell, MMSc, FABC
     Senior Director, Laboratory Research Operations
     Moffitt Cancer Center 
  • Claudius Mundoma, Ph.D., MBA
    Director:  Core Facilities & Shared Instrumentation
    Research & Innovation Office
    University of Colorado Boulder  
  • Dean P. Edwards, PhD
    Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Pathology & Immunology
    Director of Advanced Technology Cores
    Associate Director of Research Infrastructure  Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Baylor College of Medicine

ABRF Core Administration Town Hall - Focus on Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Slide presentation.

Please join the ABRF DEI Council at the Core Administrators Town Hall on Thursday, April 15
th from 1-2pm ET as they share a summary of the Annual Meeting DEI breakout sessions, including programming and organization review recommendations. We’ll also be hearing from two partners, InnovATE BIO and PAIR-UP, about their efforts to promote and uplift diversity, equity, and inclusion.

InnovATE BIO is a National Biotechnology Education Center aimed at biotechnology and education and workforce development. Partner organizations and institutions include Madison College, Wisconsin; Forsyth Technical Community College, North Carolina; DNA Learning Center, New York; Finger Lakes Community College, New York; Digital World Biology, Washington; and BABEC in California. Join us as we learn more about the InnovATEBIO Network and how the ABRF community can partner with InnovATEBIO to promote diversity. 

PAIR-UP (Partnering to Advance Imaging Research for URM Scientists Program) is a new program designed to provide professional development workshops, hands-on training, tutorials and conferences to advance research projects of Black scientists reliant on advance imaging technology. Come learn about how the ABRF community can partner with PAIR-UP to host workshops and provide training.

Draft Agenda

  1. Brief Welcome and Introduction
  2. Partner Presentation #1
  3. Partner Presentation #2
  4. Summary of Annual Meeting DEI Session


March 22, 2021 CTLS webinar:  

Core Facility Operating Models Across the Globe
This webinar was a collaboration between Core Technologies for Life Sciences (CTLS) and the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) co-moderated by Josh Rappoport (Boston College) and Andy Chitty (OHSU).  Speakers from different continents discussed distinct core facility operating models used across the globe.  Ranging in size, scope, userbase, and funding sources, the world of core facilities spans a wide range of operating models, and this session provides insights into diverse organizational structures, as well as the common challenges that all cores must face.
Access the video recording here.  


Let us hear from you!

New:  ABRF Survey on Institutional Responses to COVID 19 Crisis – Part II - Respond by August 31   

Check out the CAN-CC Discussion forum - a listserv that is dedicated to CAN-CC activities, is public and archived.  You can post a comment or respond to an ongoing discussion by clicking here:  CAN Discussion Group.  Once registered, you can also post and read directly from your email!

Current Membership

Andy Chitty - Oregon Health and Science University  
Katherine Hale - MD Anderson
Justine Karungi  - University of Kansas Medical Center  (EB liaison)
Michael Lee - University of California at San Francisco
Desiree Porter - The University of Texas at San Antonio
Heather Richards - Ohio State University
Jeffrey Smith - Johns Hopkins SOM
Andrew Vinard (Chair) - University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Nicole White - Cincinnati Children's Medical Center

Core Administrators Network

ABRF responds to NIGMS Request for Information Notice Number: NOT-GM-16-103

On April 4, 2016 the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) issued a request for information (RFI) on the “Need for and Support of Research Resources for the Biomedical Research Community.” Resources are defined broadly, including reagents, instrumentation, software, and even the manipulation of biological systems to produce tools. Respondents were asked to describe needs and opportunities at the investigator, institutional, regional and/or national level. Feedback will be used to inform NIGMS’s investment in resources and may lead to new programs or activities. Comments were due by June 3, 2016 and submitted to [email protected]. Additional information can be found in the RFI notice (NOT-GM-16-103).

At the request of the Executive Board, and on behalf of ABRF, the Core Administrators Network – Coordinating Committee (CAN-CC) provided the following response.

Special NIH Workshop - Enhancing Efficiency of Research Core Facilities

The NIH partnered with the ABRF to host a one day workshop the day before ABRF2015 in St. Louis. The goal of the workshop was to identify lessons learned and best practices for enhancing the efficiency of research core facilities. NIH characterized its support and policies affecting cores. Institutional leaders presented their experience and perspective on obstacles and solutions to enhancing efficiency including centralizing management, sharing, and co-locating cores. Videos and associated slides of the meeting can be found online (part 1part 2part 3).
The full workshop report can be viewed here

ABRF Career Development Committee

Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The ABRF Career Development Committee has compiled links to information from several institutions. Please visit the Career Development Committee page for more information. 

Core Facility Acknowledgement: BioTechniques New Policy

BioTechniques: the International Journal of Life Science Methods has just announced a new policy regarding attribution of core facilities in publications. Their new policy is that submitted manuscripts should include acknowledgement of any use of core facilities. The journal will now ask authors during final acceptance if they worked with a core laboratory. 
The ABRF will continue to champion the adoption of similar policies by other scientific journals. Please note that the ABRF Website provides Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts (please click here [link to authorship guidelines] for more information). 

August ABRF Response to the NIH Request for Information on the SIG Program (S10)

Response to NOT-OD-14-104. 
This letter pulls together input from both the ABRF Executive Board (EB) and the Core Administrators Network – Coordinating Committee (CAN-CC). EB & CAN-CC Response 

March 2014 NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (PAR14-073) FAQs

The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to questions regarding new instructions for the Institutional Letter of Support and other issues related to this grant mechanism SIG FAQs

Membership History

Michelle Detwiler Roswell Park Cancer Institute  past EB liaison: 10/10 - 02/11
Nancy Fisher University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  past EB liaison: through 03/18
George S. Grills Cornell University  past EB liaison: 02/11 - 03/13
Phil Hockberger Northwestern University  Member, Co-Chair: 10/10 - 04/15
Karen Jonscher University of Colorado Denver  past EB liaison: 02/11 - 03/12
Connie Nicklin University of Florida ICBR  Member: 10/10 - 06/15
Diane Tabarini Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  Past member: 10/10 - 03/14
Anthony Yeung Fox Chase Cancer Ctr  past EB liaison: 10/10 - 02/11
Paula Turpen University of Nebraska Medical Center past EB liaison: 03/14 - 02/16
Andrew Vinard University of Miami Member: 4/13 - 10/15


  1. 2012 CANCC Report to the EB
  2. 2012 CANCC Report to the EB
  3. ABRF Executive Board and the Core Administrators Network – Coordinating Committee response to NIH Request for Information: Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10), notice number NOT-OD-14-104.
  4. Best Practices for Core Facilities: Handling External Customers
    Philip Hockberger, Susan Meyn, Connie Nicklin, Diane Tabarini, Paula Turpen, Julie Auger
  5. CAN-CC ABRF2012 Poster
  6. CAN-CC at ABRF2011
  7. Compiled notes from the Midwestern Association of Core Directors (MWACD) Administrative Meeting held October 17, 2013
  8. Core Models Roundtable - ABRF2012
  9. FAQs for Costing of NIH-Funded Core Facilities
    The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to common questions raised regarding NIH-funded core facilities and other applicable research related facilities that support NIH grants.
  10. FAQs for March 2014 NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants (PAR14-073): The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to questions regarding new instructions for the Institutional Letter of Support and other issues related to this grant mechanism.
  11. Managing NIH Resources - Sally Rocky (2011)
  12. Organization, management and operation of contemporary academic mass spectrometry service facilities.
    Karl V. Wood (Purdue University) and David L. Hachy (Vanderbilt University) JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY J. Mass Spectrom. 35, 1157–1164 (2000)
  13. The future of the NIH - Lawrence Tabak (2011)