Core A: Administrative Core

COBRE: Smooth Muscle Plasticity Phase III

Core A provides the administrative organization, support and evaluation processes required for the efficient development and sustainability of Cores B&C and the implementation and success of a Pilot Grant Program to support new, innovative research approaches by utilizing the advanced capabilities of Cores B&C.

The primary goal of Core A is to ensure the future success and long-term sustainability of the scientific Cores established under COBRE Phases I&II. There is a substantial and long-running Research Base of investigators that are utilizing Core techniques on a daily basis in support of NIH-funded research projects. There is also an increasing growth-of-interest and utilization of Core facilities by other research groups in the University, and this usage will continue to increase as a result of the Pilot Grant Program.

As in Phases I and II, Core A provides leadership, vision, oversight, and quality control. Core A assists in the further building of Core resources, collaborates with other IDeA programs and other funding sources at UNR, and evaluates Phase III programs and services rigorously. The specific aims of Core A are to:

Specific Aims

  1. Enhance and secure Core technologies and excellence of service to develop sustainability of the COBRE Core labs as state-of-the-art research facilities. Use Phase III to leverage University, State and commercial resources to further enhance Core utilization, technology and services.
  2. Sustain and enhance the research development accomplished in Phases I&II with research support provided through the Pilot Grant Program.
  3. Maintain vibrant and effective mentoring of junior and senior faculty to help them obtain extramural funding and augment career potential. Build technical capabilities of junior faculty by subsidizing access to Core labs through the Pilot Grant Program.
  4. Provide regular evaluation of Phase III activities and services. Integrate assessments from Core users, Core Directors, Internal Steering Committee, Mentors, and the External Advisory Committee. Develop action plans based on evaluations to remedy less than optimal performance and/or service.
  5. Provide all required reporting for Phase III activities to maintain compliance with University, State and Federal regulations.

Core A Personnel

Program Director

Dr. Kenton M. Sanders
Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Anderson Medical Building MS 0352
(775) 784-6908
ksanders@med.unr.edu

Program Coordinator

Dr. Brian A. Perrino
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Center for Molecular Medicine MS 0575
(775) 784-6396
bperrino@med.unr.edu

Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Ramona Houmanfar
Associate Professor, Director Behavioral Analysis Program, Department of Psychology
University of Nevada, Reno
Mack Social Sciences MS 0410
(775) 682-8693
ramonah@unr.edu

Executive Administrative Assistant

Judy Rogers
Department of Physiology & Cell Biology
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Anderson Medical Building MS 0352
(775) 682-8830
rogersj@med.unr.edu