By RRP on
January 17, 2019


The Research Resource Program organized the first BIOS Advisory Committee Retreat on January 17, 2019 where leaders and users of biospecimens from around UCSF met to discuss the biospecimen lifecycle at UCSF. The committee focused on understanding of the current state of biospecimen lifecycle infrastructure at UCSF and the gaps that exist. We worked to define a vision of what the future should look like and prioritized which parts of that future should be within the scope of BIOS. Our highest priorities for BIOS are:

  1. Define the best ecosystem to: reliably meet the biospecimen needs of investigators; ensure quality assurance and patient safety standards; and maximize use of specimens and access for investigators.
  2. Build a UCSF-wide data repository of biospecimen information that utilizes a standard data structure, assures compliance and facilitates access to biospecimens.
  3. Modernize the consent process to improve efficiency and maximize compliant sample use in state-of-the-art applications.

We also discussed governance and sustainability measures we can put in place to ensure the optimal deployment, advocacy and use of BIOS infrastructure. This included a need for education and advocacy on the value of BIOS, providing incentives to encourage use of BIOS and establishing customer service that meets researcher’s needs.

Please find the slide presentation and a report from the work we did linked here:


Next Steps:

  • Creating a communications and education strategy
  • Creating an action plan for leadership engagement and communication to the Health System
  • Creating a plan for continued engagement of BIOS Advisory Committee and creation of a Biospecimen User’s Group. If you are interested joining a Biospecimen Users Group please contact Candice Pyun at [email protected]  

Thanks also to the Program Management Office for leading us through a fun and engaging process!


By RRP on
January 07, 2019

On behalf of the Research Resource Program’s Strategic Advisory Committee and the EVCP’s office, we are pleased to announce that Four Campus Cores have been awarded Institutional Matching Instrumentation Awards (IMIA)

Supported by the Research Resource Program Chancellor’s Fund for Core Development, these awards are designed to fund cutting-edge technologies that are accessible to all UCSF researchers through certified UCSF Campus Cores. Awards of up to $200,000 are available through the Resource Allocation Program as matching funds for any source of extramural or internal funding. 

2018 to 2019 Institutional Matching Instrumentation Awards

By RRP on
November 30, 2018 

By RRP on
August 06, 2018

The RRP Advisory Committee had the difficult task of selecting only five proposals out of the sixteen high quality applications.  This new mechanism provides funding for cores to address operational problems that are limiting the work of the core. Successful applications included funding to merge or consolidate core services and funding for automation of services to increase throughput, in order to improve services for researchers.

Thank you to everyone who applied, and to the review committee!

Congratulations to the successful applicants:

  • Jennifer Page - Merger of UCSF ES Cell Targeting Core and CCF Tissue Culture Core to create UCSF Cell and Genome Engineering Core
  • Jeffrey Milush - Expansion and Optimization of the Core Immunology Laboratory
  • Andrea Barczak - Assay miniaturization with the Mosquito HV nanoliter liquid handler will improve next generation library preparation services by reducing costs and increasing throughput.
  • Scott Vandenberg Operational Improvement of Tissue Micro-Array Production in the BIOS-HDFCCC Biorepository and Tissue Biomarker Technology (BTBMT) Core 
  • Michael McManus Center for Functional Genomics at UCSF