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This page captures the state of the administration of the center including dissemination, service, training and clinical research coordination (IRB and Human Subjects Training) activities.

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Dissemination, Service, and Training Activities


"This activity involves informing the scientific community about the Resource’s technology or accomplishments by publishing articles, books, patents, newsletters, annual reports, special issues of technical journals; issuing press releases; presenting research results at meetings; conducting conferences; distributing software products, or transferring technologies to industry where they will be distributed widely. In resources that are developing software, emphasis should be placed on producing portable, well-documented, user friendly software, and making it readily available to the user community. The Resource center is expected to maintain an up-to-date Web site for the purpose of dissemination of the technology." NCRR Biotechnology Guidelines, page 3.

Dissemination refers to the Center's outreach efforts regarding its work and milestone accomplishments through scientific publications, annual reports, internal Brigham publications, press releases, and patents; the conducting of presentations, meetings, and conferences; and the broad activities of software product distribution and technology transfer.

The Dissemination effort of the Center includes the public web site along with a password-protected WIKI-based website that is used for day-to-day communication among the various investigators and collaborators.

Detailed Year-by-Year Dissemination Activity for the Center is captured here: U41:Dissemination.


"Providing biomedical investigators access to a Resource’s technology constitutes the service activity. This includes making available specialized instrumentation, equipment, software and techniques, and offering consultation and technical assistance in their use. Service is characterized by a routine operation of resource equipment or methods in which Resource Center personnel have little intellectual role and generally do not share in the intellectual property of the data or samples nor in authorship on resulting papers or patents. The Resource Center, however, is expected to be acknowledged in papers resulting from all projects, including service research projects. While service is one of the key elements of the Resource, the P41 mechanism is not intended to support centers that are predominantly service oriented." NCRR Biotechnology Guidelines, page 2.

Service refers to the Center's external efforts in providing IGT-related resources for continued research including specialized instrumentation, equipment, software, and techniques and assisting people in the understanding and use of these materials often in customized discussions.

Slicer and SIGN are two research software packages for image analysis and surgical navigation that are freely distributed as part of the Service function of the Center. These are available for download at:

Detailed Year-by-Year Service Activity for the Center is provided here: U41:Service.


"Special training in the use of a Resource Center’s technologies is provided to collaborators and service users of the Resource. Routine training and education on the technology/methodology are provided through hands-on laboratory experience, seminars, and lectures on a regular basis. Short courses, symposiums, and workshops on appropriate topics that bring together researchers, often from multidisciplinary areas, are important in introducing the national research community to the potential application of the Resource’s technology in biomedical research. Training can be offered periodically, often in conjunction with meetings that the user community is likely to attend." NCRR Biotechnology Guidelines, page 3.

Training refers to the Center's educational offerings on its research and technologies typically delivered in scheduled group formats such as hands-on laboratories, seminars and lectures, and lectures and workshops.

Detailed Year-by-Year Training Activity for the Center is provided here: U41:Training.

Clinical Research Coordination

IRB information about the grant is available here.

Human Subject Training information is available here.