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Research Project: West Coast Central Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (WC3MRC)

Location: Obesity and Metabolism Research

Project Number: 2032-51530-025-010-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2018
End Date: Mar 31, 2023

The overall objective of the research supported by this agreement is to increase access of metabolomics technologies to the greater research community. This will include the development and expansion of metabolomics techniques, providing technical training in metabolomic sample and data analysis to the research community, support and collaboration of competitive demonstration projects, and providing a regional resource service center to support metabolomics research efforts in institutions unable to independently develop such resources.

To accomplish these objectives, the West Coast Metabolomic Core (WCMC) has established itself as leading research environment in the area of metabolomics, which assembles analytical and computational expertise across different laboratories involving UC Davis and USDA investigators. Research and services are currently organized with an Administrative Core, a Central Services Core, an Outreach Core, a Genomics Integration Core and an investigator-driven Research Core (‘Advanced Services’). The Administrative Core leads the overall agency reporting duties, and helps the different WCMC cores in administrative duties, including organizing professional training courses and completing the current Pilot and Feasibility projects as tasks of the Outreach Core, and managing services in the Central Service Core. ARS investigators support both the Research Core (‘Advanced Services’) by developing and validating novel metabolomics assays in support of collaborative projects focused on specific lipid analysis and assays. These assays are ultimately transferred into the Central Services Core, expanding the research communities’ access to metabolomic approaches. While these Cores currently operate under the no-cost extension of the parent grant NIH U24 DK097154 and fee-based service income, funding, research directions and operational units may change from September 2018 forward, depending on incoming research grants and shifts in the needs and capacity for fee-based services.