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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 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 BRC, 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 BRC 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 BRC 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.

Professional Education:

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 lay 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 lay public about botanicals and human health. Our last symposium was held on Feb. 25, 2014.



The Administrative Core and our Professional Education Committee was responsible for organizing and editing a special supplement of the journal Nutrition 2014, Vol 30 (Suppl 7-8), entitled Botanicals and Translational Medicine ( The supplement included an overview of the field by Dr. Cefalu, BRC Center Director, and 10 original scientific manuscripts from our Center. The manuscripts represented each project and core of our BRC resulting from our research and presentations at our scientific symposia, in addition to manuscripts from studies funded as part of our pilot project program


The Administrative Core has tracked publications resulting from the funding. Since inception, our Center has produced 132 publications and during the last funding period, produced 75 new publications in regard to the mechanisms by which botanicals and specific bioactives modulate cellular and whole body metabolism (see figure below).




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