I have a longer description of my thoughts in this collection of blog posts here, but I think these are the main questions where I believe I could benefit from getting some feedback:
1) Are you aware of any suggested limits for shared support (in terms of the number of projects / PIs supported by an individual)? For example, a colleague passed along this paper describing that Biostatics support should not go below 5% effort.
2) Are there any guidelines for how much time should be expected (per week or per month) to receive adequate guidance and carefully review results before publication?
3) I think there is some need to have labs knowingly collaborate with each other. I can understand that this will be more difficult as you support more labs. However, are there any guidelines about communicating concurrent projects and/or developing code that is the result of support for labs that may not be in communication with each other?
4) My understanding is that key personnel are supposed to be listed on IRB and/or IACUC protocols (for example, to keep track of everybody who had access to a patient’s genomic data, understanding the requirements for depositing that public data for publication, avoiding unnecessary risk and/or pain in subjects, etc.), and amendments are required if there are changes from the original plan. Are there cores that have staff members (such as “Bioinformatics Specialists,” like myself) listed on grants and/or IRBs?
Any help that I can get to understand other people’s experiences and communicate myself more effectively will be greatly appreciated!