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3 new informatics pilot projects to aid clinical and translational scientists nationwide
Date:1/26/2009

ntly collaborate in national studies that include many complex data sources and types, such as heart or brain monitoring data and genomic information. A key component of the system will allow secure, safe and regulated transfer of information from clinical care systems and research databases.

The University of Washington project, led by Nicholas Anderson, Ph.D., will develop a mechanism allowing researchers at three large, geographically distributed medical centers to easily access large shared data sets to assist in designing research studies and generating hypotheses. This team, which includes investigators from the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, San Francisco, will extend Harvard University's i2b2 software architecture to support cross-institution searches. This project will provide model policies and procedures to advance multi-institutional sharing of clinical data in support of research.

The Vanderbilt University project, headed by Paul Harris, Ph.D., includes investigators from Oregon Health and Sciences University and Mayo Clinic. This team will extend the capabilities of the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) system. REDCap is a software toolset that provides research teams with an easy workflow to rapidly develop secure, Web-based applications for collecting, managing and appropriate sharing of clinical study data. The project's enhancements will make the system useful to a significantly greater number of studies and facilitate national and international collaborations. REDCap currently supports approximately 300 studies across an international consortium of 31 institutions.


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Contact: Cindy McConnell
info@ncrr.nih.gov
301-435-0888
NIH/National Center for Research Resources
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