Anatomy of an ARC

The Major Goals of the Evans Center and the Affinity Research Collaboratives (ARCs):

    • Form ARCs, each consisting of an assembly of 5-8 investigators, including an ARC director, who focus on a research theme, explored with the aid of different disciplines and technologies to advance Research and Discovery as it applies to Disease States
    • Enhance the educational mission at graduate and post-graduate programs
    • Assist in envisioning and developing current and new institutional research cores
    • Reach out to:
      • The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and other centers and institutes for further development of translational application and Biotechnology
      • Partnership with Biotech companies
      • Community Education
    • Provide an opportunity for faculty at BU to become Evans Center’s members (regardless of ARC’s affiliation) and to benefit from ongoing seminars, mini-symposia, immediate knowledge of and access to data-bases and reagents generated by ARCs etc.

“Recipe” for a successful/sustainable ARC (Outline by Dr. Katya Ravid)

ARC Leaders: Engaged; Goals greater that “own”

Topic: Selection of a high impact research area, with potential to advance the academic growth of ARC faculty members

Interdisciplinary: Inclusion of faculty from other departments/schools (boosting intellectual stimulation)

Reaching out/Technology Sharing: Organization of periodical ARC technology-based workshops, seminars, mini-symposia that bring ARC members and the research community together

Plasticity/Creativity: Ability to branch out to new/extended topics as the ARC matures into an ARC-program

Support: ARC grant Support to jump-start research themes towards future ARC-Programs