The Shared Core provides centralized services needed by investigators in the Charleston Alcohol Research Center. Since its inception, the Shared Core has been a valuable part of the Center, refining its services to best meet the needs of a dynamic research environment.
The Shared Core provides these services:
- The Animal Model Core provides basic science researchers in the Center with animals that have been treated in a standardized, well-validated ethanol dependence model. This facilitates integration of data collected from the various Center projects including electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral measures that can be related to consequences of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure using a single model.
- The Clinical Intake and Assessment Core centralizes advertisement and recruitment efforts, performs initial screening of potential study participants, and utilizes assessment procedures (including genotyping) to best match subjects for enrollment in clinical research projects and pilot projects.
- The Biostatistics Core provides data management, expert statistical analysis, and consulting service to all Center research projects through the Office of Statistics and Database Management.
Centralizing these services provides needed expertise in specialized areas; affords a more efficient and standardized research environment; prevents the duplication of effort by individual research groups; provides time- and cost-savings for all research studies; fosters greater integration of Center research activities; provides a central authority for quality control and utilization of services; and ensures that services meet the needs of Center investigators.