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NIH Awards 3 Informatics Pilot Projects

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded 3 contracts for pilot projects to aid informatics support for researchers involved in small- and medium-sized clinical studies. Support is provided for systems of information storage, processing and facilitation, and each award provides 2 years of support for collaboration among individuals at 3 or more institutions that receive NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). The contracts will be administered by the national Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and funding for these pilot projects is provided by the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research/Common Fund. Software resulting from these pilot projects will be freely available to biomedical researchers, educators and institutions in the nonprofit sector.

The pilot projects will be led by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; University of Washington, Seattle; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

The Case Western Reserve University project will be led by Susan Redline, MD, MPH, and G.Q. Zhang, PhD. The project will include investigators from the Marshfield Clinic, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Michigan, working to develop Physio-MIMI. A key component of the system is secure, safe and regulated transfer of information fromclinical care systems and research databases.

The University of Washington project will be led by Nicholas Anderson, PhD. The team includes investigators from the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, San Francisco. Researchers will work to extend Harvard University's i2b2 software architecture to support cross-institution searches, thereby linking the 3 centers to shared data for collaboration in designing research studies and generating hypotheses. This project will also provide model policies and procedures for such multi-institutional data sharing in the area of research.

The Vanderbilt University project will be headed by Paul Harris, PhD. The team includes investigators from Oregon Health and Sciences University and Mayo Clinic. They will work to …

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