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Suggested Citation:"FRONT MATTER." Institute of Medicine. 1996. Resource Sharing in Biomedical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5429.
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Resource Sharing in Biomedical Research

Kenneth I. Berns, Enriqueta C. Bond, and Frederick J. Manning, Editors

Committee on Resource Sharing in Biomedical Research

Division of Health Sciences Policy

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1996

Suggested Citation:"FRONT MATTER." Institute of Medicine. 1996. Resource Sharing in Biomedical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5429.
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

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Suggested Citation:"FRONT MATTER." Institute of Medicine. 1996. Resource Sharing in Biomedical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5429.
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Committee on Resource Sharing in Biomedical Research

KENNETH I. BERNS, Cochair,* ** Professor and Chairman,

Department of Microbiology, Cornell University Medical College

ENRIQUETA C. BOND, Cochair, President,

The Burroughs Welcome Fund, Morrisville, North Carolina

CHARLES R. CANTOR, Director,

Center for Advanced Biotechnology and

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics,

Boston University

LINDA C. CORK,* Chairman,

Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

DAVID W. MARTIN, JR., President,

Lynx Therapeutics, Inc., Hayward, California

FRANCIS J. MEYER, Associate Vice-Chancellor and Director,

Office of Technology Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RUSSELL ROSS,* Professor,

Department of Pathology and

Adjunct Professor,

Department of Biochemistry, Center for Vascular Biology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

MICHAEL SAAG, Associate Professor,

Department of Medicine and

Associate Director,

General Clinical Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Study Staff

VALERIE SETLOW, Director,

Division of Health Science Policy, Institute of Medicine

ERIC FISCHER, Director,

Board on Biology, Commission on Life Sciences, National Academy of Sciences

FREDERICK J. MANNING, Study Director

MARGO CULLEN, Project Assistant

JAMAINE TINKER, Financial Associate

*  

Institute of Medicine member.

**  

National Academy of Sciences member.

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Preface

The United States is entering an era when, more than ever, the sharing of resources and information may be critical to scientific progress. Research and development programs are unlikely to escape continuing efforts to control federal spending, making optimal use of resources an imperative. Although competition undoubtedly has been a vital factor in the continuing excellence of American science, every dollar saved by avoiding duplication and producing economies of scale will become increasingly important as funding declines. As an initial step in exploring how best to do that, the National Research Council provided support for a workshop aimed at developing consensus within the research community about critical issues related to the sharing of resources. An eight-member steering committee selected to provide a broad spectrum of experience with shared resources was charged with planning the workshop and providing this report on the workshop and the committee's conclusions and recommendations. The specific goals of the workshop, which was held in Washington, D.C., January 22–23, 1996, were to examine the status of resource sharing in one or more categories of "resource" in the biomedical sciences, to identify critical barriers and opportunities, and to develop a consensus about what needs to be done in this arena.

Although the committee bears full responsibility for the conclusions and recommendations in the report, we would be seriously remiss if we failed to acknowledge the contributions of numerous others to both the planning and the conduct of the workshop. First, we owe thanks to the small group of "liaisons" from federal agencies and professional societies who helped us decide on the form and content of the workshop: James Brown of the National Science Foundation, Maxwell Cowan of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Mark Frankel of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Allan Shipp of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Marvin Snyder of the

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Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, David Thomasson of the Department of Energy, Fred Tyner of the Army Medical Research and Material Command, and Judith Vaitukaitis of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A second group whose hard work made the workshop a success is comprised of the featured speakers—the "presenters" from whom we learned so much about the rewards and trials of resource sharing in today's biomedical research environment: Bruce Alberts of the National Academy of Sciences, Raymond Cypess of the American Type Culture Collection, Chris Somerville of the Carnegie Institution and the Multinational Coordinated Arabidopsis Thaliana Genome Research Project, Muriel Davisson of The Jackson Laboratory, William Morton of the Washington Regional Primate Research Center, Steven Ealick of the Macromolecular Crystallography Resource at Cornell, Anthony Carrano of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, David Barry of Triangle Pharmaceuticals, Eugene Sokourenko of LabSearch International, Herbert Tabor of NIH and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Jerome Kassirer of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Harold Varmus of NIH.

Third, as committee cochairs we are acutely aware of the contributions that the Institute of Medicine staff have made to the success of the study. Special thanks are due to Project Assistant Margo Cullen, who made our travel and meetings as comfortable and convenient as possible and provided outstanding administrative support both at the meetings and in the painstaking production of the final report. We are particularly grateful to Study Director Rick Manning for his skilled and professional support in shepherding the committee through its task.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the individual and collective efforts of the committee members. It was a pleasure to have worked with this group of busy but unselfish professionals who volunteered their valuable time in sharing their knowledge and experience with their fellow scientists.

KENNETH I. BERNS, COCHAIR

ENRIQUETA C. BOND, COCHAIR

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The United States is entering an era when, more than ever, the sharing of resources and information might be critical to scientific progress. Every dollar saved by avoiding duplication of efforts and by producing economies of scale will become increasingly important as federal funding enters an era of fiscal restraint.

This book focuses on six diverse case studies that share materials or equipment with the scientific community at large: the American Type Culture Collection, the multinational coordinated Arabidopsis thaliana Genome Research Project, the Jackson Laboratory, the Washington Regional Primate Research Center, the Macromolecular Crystallography Resource at the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source, and the Human Genome Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The book also identifies common strengths and problems faced in the six cases, and presents a series of recommendations aimed at facilitating resource sharing in biomedical research.

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