The Administrative Core’s goal is to oversee the operational and financial functioning of the CIHD. This will be accomplished through an Executive Committee, an associated External Advisory Board and NIDDK program staff.
Specific Aims include:
1) Periodically review current membership and select new members. If necessary, withdraw membership from existing members. The prime reasons to withdraw membership would be a change in research focus, a lack of collegiality, or for use of Cores for projects not related to the stated mission of the CIHD.
2) Monitor administrative and scientific activities of the CIHD, which include fiscal oversight of the entities in the center (Enrichment, Pilot Projects, Cores). The committee will ensure that the Cores access new technologies and services as they develop or, if required, discontinue the services that are no longer useful.
3) Select projects to be funded through the Pilot and Feasibility Program and ensure they are appropriately administered. Monitor the status of approval of protocols for human and animal research.
4) Coordinate activities among group members, manage the budget, and schedule investigator and advisory board meetings.
5) Oversee communications with members to ensure transparent interactions between investigators and projects as well as provide key information critical for effective communication.
6) Work directly with the NIDDK Program Director staff through quarterly meetings or as needed. We plan to have one of the Executive Committee meetings bring members of the External Advisory Committee to Utah to coincide with our established annual Metals/Heme/T32 symposium, although the focus of the meeting will be on research themes of the CIHD.