BRCF FAQs

Core-Specific FAQs

Due to the diversity of our work, many of our Cores have developed their own frequently asked questions (FAQs). Please visit each of our core websites to learn more about services and troubleshooting.

How Do I Get Started with the Cores?

Because of the variety in services each Core provides, they all have a slightly different process to begin work with them. However, most project requests begin with a consultation. Check out the page of your core of interest to find out more, or view their “Contact Us” page to find out who to get in touch with.

What If I Don't Know Which Core I Need?

Visit our How We Help page to determine which Core is right for you and your research needs!

How Many Cores Are There Within the BRCF?

There are currently ten cores under the BRCF umbrella, however many cores exist at the University of Michigan. To learn more about all of the cores located at U-M, please visit the Michigan Research Cores website.

What is MiCores?

MiCores is an operational software powered by Agilent Technologies and used by the BRCF to perform ordering, billing, and scheduling of scientific products and services. For more information about MiCores and how to register, visit the MiCores website.

Does the BRCF Have Any Authorship & Acknowledgement Policies?

The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) has established recommended authorship guidelines that the Biomedical Research Core Facilities follow. Please see below for their recommended guidelines as implemented by the BRCF:

Why Cite the Contributions of a Core?

It is important to document use of each Biomedical Research Core Facility by investigators in publications. Doing so facilitates efforts to obtain funding for our Cores. Core facility personnel are valued scientists; when they make a substantial contribution to a publication, they deserve to be acknowledged like any other co-author. The existence of the BRCF relies on proper acknowledgment in publications and awards. Proper acknowledgment of the BRCF helps us to obtain support so that we may continue to provide services to the best of our abilities.

Please include the following information in the acknowledgments section of any publication resulting from services provided by or facilities used by any of the BRCF Cores:

  1. The name of the specific Biomedical Research Core Facility(ies) used in the scope of your research or project.
  2. Clearly, state how the author and core contributed to your research.
  3. If a center, department, grant or institution supported access to resources through funding or other means, please include that.

If you have any questions about correctly attributing the Cores in a publication or award, please contact us.

For more information, please see the Authorship Guidelines established by the ABRF.

How Do I Get to the C-floor on MSRB II?

The C-Floor can only be accessed by using the elevators in Medical Science Research Building II. Use the directions or map below to navigate to MSRB II.

ENTERING FROM 1150 W. MEDICAL CENTER DR. (MSRB II)

If you come through the main entrance at the circle drive, take the door to your left that says “MSRB II” and use those elevators to arrive at the C-Floor. You can also take the open staircase to the left of the entrance. Click here to view these directions on a map.

ENTERING FROM 1137 CATHERINE ST. (MED SCI II)

If entering through the 4th floor of Medical Science Building II (Med Sci II), head left from the entrance and follow the hallway straight down until it dead-ends at a stairwell. Once through that doorway, take the small flight of stairs to your left onto the 4th floor of MSRB I. From there, follow the hallway to the right until you reach the MSRB II elevators. Click here to view these directions on a map. Similarly, from the main entrance to the 3rd floor of Medical Science Building II (Med Sci II), head right down the long hallway until it dead-ends at a stairwell. Once through that doorway, take the small flight of stairs to your left onto the 3rd-floor MSRB I. From there, follow the hallway to the right until you reach the MSRB II elevators. Click here to view these directions on a map.

ENTERING FROM THE CANCER CENTER OR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

If entering from the Cancer Center parking structure, take the elevators to the 7th-floor skywalk and take a right at the first set of doors (this is the 3rd floor of Med Sci I). This will take you down a long hallway that opens up into Med Sci II. Take a right at the vending machines until you reach the stairwell. Once through that doorway, take the small flight of stairs to your left onto the 3rd floor of MSRB I. From there, follow the hallway to the right until you reach the MSRB II elevators. Follow these same directions if coming directly from the Cancer Center or UH. You must be on the 2nd floor of either building to connect to the 3rd floor of Med Sci I and II. For a more detailed map indicating directions from multiple sites at Michigan Medicine, click here (note, this is a large file).

Where Are the Cores Located?

The BRCF administration office is located on the C-floor (C570) of Medical Science Research Building II (MSRB II). Each of our Cores is spread out across campus, including MSRB II, Biomedical Research Science Building (BSRB), Life Sciences Institute (LSI), Brehm, and North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). Please visit each of our core websites to learn more about hours, locations, services, etc.