By RRP on
June 17, 2016

The 2016 Annual Core Leadership Retreat was a great success this year, thank you to all who came and contributed valuable input on how to improve Core Visibility! The RRP is excited to continue our work from the retreat by improving Core web presence and ensuring access to valuable business tools to core leaders - for increased efficiency and so that you can focus on what matters most, your research.

Please visit the 2016 Annual Core Leadership event page for a copy of the agenda and links to presentations.

We hope to see you all next year!

By RRP on
June 15, 2016

The Western Association of Core Directors annual meeting will be held September 22-23, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The theme for this year's meeting is Sustainable Core Facilities through Science and Service. This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Martin Hetzer from Salk Institute for Biological Studies. More information about this year’s conference can be found at

Early registration is $100 - register now!

The WACD organizing committee is offering five travel awards for up to $750. Visit the WACD Travel Awards webpage for details about how to apply. The deadline for travel award applications is July 25, 2016.

WACD 2016 Conference Schedule

By RRP on
June 15, 2016

Dr. Chris Baker, PhD, manager of the UCSF Core Immunology Lab (CIL) was awarded the President’s Award of Excellence at CYTO 2016 in Seattle for his presentation "Detection of HIV RNA Expression in Peripheral Blood from HIV-Infected Study Participants by RNAflow Cytomety”. Chris described how RNAFlow Cytometry can be used to detect low level RNA transcripts such as HIV RNA in T cells from HIV-infected patients. Chris and others in CIL have been working to increase the sensitivity of the method which may now amplify a single molecule of RNA up to 54,000 times. Chris described strategies to detect HIV in latently infected cells where the virus can hide out and go undetected for many years. He also discussed how this assay could be used in the study of how to reverse HIV latency and cure HIV infection.

CYTO is the annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry and explores the art and science of cytometry from Bench to Bedside.

By RRP on
June 01, 2016

The current issue of the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques focuses exclusively on core management, including an article co-authored by previous RRP Executive Director Julie Auger. Article topics include disaster planning, implementing product lifecycle management, and developing performance metrics. These articles provide valuable guidance to cores in developing approaches that fit their operational needs.