IRP Resources Pop Quiz: What Can We Do for Your Science?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

As an “I Am Intramural” Blog reader, you likely know that the IRP is comprised of more than 6,000 scientists conducting basic, translational, and clinical research in more than 50 buildings on six different IRP campuses around the U.S.But, do you know the answers to the questions in the following IRP Pop Quiz?

Researchers at the NIH IRP have access to:

a)  Laboratory equipment sales, rental, repairs, and maintenance
b)  Plants and marine organisms for research
c)  High-throughput DNA sequencing
d)  A and C
e)  All of the above

We often highlight the work being done by our researchers and clinicians, but what about the supporting tools, technologies, and environments that are essential to conduct research? Without instruments, laboratories, and skilled human resources, amazing discoveries about human health wouldn’t be possible.

So, what are these resources, and where can you find them?

Laboratory equipment sales, rental, repairs, and maintenance

The Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services (DSEIS) is like the IRP lab handyman. The Division provides (and this is by no means the full list of services) lab equipment maintenance, custom instrumentation, equipment design, and support for the acquisition of new equipment (whether you’re renting or making a purchase). Check out their fabulous “DSEIS Delivers” video!

Plants and marine organisms for research

Have you ever wondered where pharmaceutical products come from? Some are man-made, while others come from nature and are collected over many years from every corner of the Earth. With tens of thousands of plant samples and organisms from around the world, the NIH/NCI Developmental Therapeutics Programs’s Natural Products Repository has been an invaluable resource for researchers since 1966. The Repository makes available samples (extracts in vials or 96 well plates) to qualified institutions.

High-throughput DNA sequencing

The NIH Intramural Sequencing Center has provided researchers with multidisciplinary genomics sequencing services for nearly two decades. The Center offers high-throughput sequencing as well as other genomics technologies, protocols, and analytical support.

So what was your answer to the Pop Quiz? If you picked e) All of the above, you are correct!

Are there specific IRP resources that you find most valuable? Let us know in the comments below, and we might include it in our next IRP resource pop quiz.

Category: Resources