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The Administrative Core is dedicated to increasing the critical mass of investigators engaged in botanical research. To achieve this mission, the core provides training, career development, pilot project funding, and opportunities for botanical research to be presented both to colleges and the public. The Administrative Core is also provides statistical support and fiscal oversight to all projects and cores.

The primary function of the Administrative Core is to ensure attainment of the overall goals of our Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center by adhering to our stated Specific Aims.

The Specific Aims of the Administrative Core are:

  • Specific Aim 1: To provide an administrative infrastructure that will facilitate successful completion for all project and core aims

  • Specific Aim 2: To facilitate increasing the critical mass of investigators addressing botanical research

  • Specific Aim 3: To assist with design and statistical analysis of experimental studies performed by the Center researchers as part of projects, cores and pilot grants

 Based on our progress to date in establishing collaborations with institutions outside the BDSRC, we will continue with this initiative and have added a 4th specific aim:  

  • Specific Aim 4: To promote, initiate, implement and maintain collaborations both within and outside the center to enhance study of botanicals

 The Administrative Core has put in place an infrastructure that:  

  • Facilitates the completion of the Specific Aims of each project;

  • Coordinates the scientific activities and functions of the research cores;

  • Has been successful in obtaining extramural funding (NIH) for training of postdoctoral fellows; and

  • Manages and monitors a successful pilot research program. The Administrative core has enhanced the pilot project program by implementing an online data submission form.

 Specific Activities include:

  • Arranging weekly meetings of the BDSRC investigators to discuss science and logistics related to each project;

  • Keeping investigators informed of data on all projects, minutes of meetings, external advisor reports, etc., regardless of the institution, by making use of a passcode protected shared drive on our website;

  • Coordinating and recording minutes of the monthly meetings of the Internal Steering Committee (ISC);

  • Presenting quarterly updates to the Institutional leaders

  • Organizing a yearly retreat for which all BDSRC investigators (regardless of institution and geographic location) meet face-to-face for a minimum of two days to formally present each project and core and review progress for all pilot projects;

  • Organizing, communicating with, and planning all of the site visits for the External Advisory Committee (EAC);

  • Providing fiscal oversight of all projects and cores;

  • Providing training and career development; and

  • Managing and monitoring a highly successful Pilot Research Program.


In addition, the Administrative Core has the responsibility of disseminating the scientific information to researchers and health professionals by organizing scientific symposia and provides for community education and outreach by conducting seminars open to the public and web based education. Specifically, we organize an annual symposium held the first quarter of every year, called the “The Annual Mardi Gras Symposium,” that is designed to educate the public about botanicals and human health.


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