Core Facilities Portal Now Available

The Johns Hopkins University has created and launched a new Web portal dedicated to providing the Johns Hopkins research community access to its comprehensive research core facilities and resources for core development and management.

The portal, Core in a Box, was developed by a team of core facility experts and users from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Whiting School of Engineering. It is designed for investigators and core facility personnel. Johns Hopkins schools are home to more than 120 core facilities designed to encourage and enable cutting-edge research in the areas of basic science, genetics, medicine and others. This site gives users access to all of these resources.

Core in a Box offers:

  • The ability to search from a complete list of  cores from across the school of medicine, school of public health, Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and All Children’s Hospital
  • Core setup toolkits with process diagrams, templates and steps to assess user demand in the research community
  • Core maintenance guides about establishing oversight of cores, working with external customers and rate schedule reviews
  • Information about iLab Solutions, the Web-based core management system
  • Training guides for new core facility personnel
  • Information about equipment leasing and purchases
  • A new user survey to evaluate investigator satisfaction with our core facilities
  • Funding opportunities for core facilities, including a new school of medicine Core Coins program
  • Core news and upcoming conferences and events

Our efforts around Core in a Box will enable Johns Hopkins researchers to maximize the use of these research investments and continue to position us as a world leader in discovery and scholarship.

These resources will also make us more competitive in acquiring additional instrumentation at a time when the National Institutes of Health is beginning to explore changes in its support and evaluation of proposals for shared instrumentation. Indeed, the NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs recently released a report on core facilities, recommending that research institutions understand their core facility portfolios and better manage them to increase efficiencies, capacity and competiveness.

Please visit the site at hopkinsmedicine.org/research/synergy/core-in-a-box/. You can also direct any questions to researchcores@jhmi.edu.

Thank you,
Antony Rosen, M.B.Ch.B., B.Sc.
Vice Dean for Research
School of Medicine