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UCSF Resources & Services
- Provide leadership in enterprise-wide state-of-the-art information technology through innovative solutions, cost-effective services, and quality support.
- To contact ARS please email OAAIS-ARS@ucsf.edu
- Provide UCSF research teams with a professionally managed, secure, web based, collaborative environment in which to store files containing sensitive data. Read more about secure data hosting.
- Provide application and data base services that allow investigators to view, manipulate, and save their data entirely in this protected environment without requiring files to be stored on their own computers.
- Learn more! View a MyResearch Demonstration.
- For more information about MyResearch please contact Mary Hughes, 415-476-8077 or CTSIDMUSupport@ucsf.edu
- MyResarch Request Form
- THREDS is a service provided by CTSI that extracts longitudinal data from clinical databases on Community Health Network (CHN) patients for research purposes. Various data sources are used, primarily the LCR (Lifetime Clinical Record) and Invision. Data are available going back to 1996 to answer specific research questions.
- Typical uses of THREDS data include:
- Summary statistics
- Generation of condition-specific patient populations for study recruitment/chart review
- Outcomes research using historical data in CHN databases
- For more information about THREDS please contact Mary Hughes, 415-476-8077 or CTSIDMUSupport@ucsf.edu
- To request service, submit a consultation request
- A secure, convenient and compliant data warehouse of clinical and life sciences data for use by researchers. The objective of the IDR is to improve the quality of clinical and translational research at UCSF and CTSI affiliated institutions.
- For more information about IDR please contact Mary Hughes, 415-476-8077 or CTSIDMUSupport@ucsf.edu
- To request an IDR search, or for help with any IDR issues, do one of the following:
- For questions about how to design databases and workflow to support studies, and for assistance with actual programming of a variety of database.
- Help with large national databases
- Support and enhancement of Common Data Infrastructure (CDI) applications
- Service provided via CTSI Consultation Request
- OnCore is the clinical research informatics system in use at UCSF. It contains proprietary information pertaining to clinical trials, biospecimen studies, and patient registries. All patient information contained in OnCore is strictly confidential.
- RIO is a comprehensive database management system that will link and store your research protocols, authorized users, online training programs and pertinent data. The goal of RIO is to facilitate quick turnaround times on complex processes and provide data integrity.
- Provides consultation and assistance with analysis for data deriving from genomics, proteomics, microarrays, sequence and other high throughput biotechnologies.
- Service provided via CTSI Consultation Request
- Access REDCap and REDCap Survey
- Supports data capture needs of research studies
- Enables researchers to quickly and easily develop data capture forms, reports, and surveys
- Submit a REDCap User Account Request
- Learn more! View REDCap Demonstration and Tutorial Videos
- Need help? Request to work with a consultant to design your forms and surveys.
- Qualtrics allows faculty, researchers, staff and trainees to build, distribute, analyze and collaborate on complex surveys.
- Research Software Licensing (formerly Data Management Services) offers annual licenses for research software to UCSF faculty and staff.
- Contact: RSL Help, 415-476-4389
- The SF Coordinating Center specializes in coordinating multi-center studies in women's health, aging, cognitive function, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer prevention, osteoporosis, arthritis, and dementia. It uniquely combines scientific expertise in these areas with broad experience in managing multi-center studies, and offers access to our network of high quality, experienced clinical centers.
- Contact: Chantelle Thomas
- Data repository infrastructure for accelerated access to and use of local and national health datasets — View Dataset Inventory
- Provides information on how to Work with Large Datasets
- Provides guidance on Online Browsable Datasets
- Supports studies assessing comparative effectiveness of clinical interventions
- Consultation services provide expertise in statistics and use of large data sets to conduct comparative effectiveness and other T2 translational research
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
UCSF Policy on Income Distribution for Unpatented Software
- Campus License Income Distribution Plans for Unpatented Software and Publications Distributed as Apps (pdf 30KB)
- Contact: Joel Kirschbaum
External Resources & Services
- International Center for Research Resources (NCRR)—Informatics Resources — information about Informatics Resource Centers and Contact Information. The NCRR supports 11 different research resources in the area of information technology, each of which produces and distributes software for data analysis or simulation and modeling of biological systems.
- National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) — funded under the NIH Roadmap for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the Centers are the core of a networked national effort to build the computational infrastructure for biomedical computing in the nation.
- Calendar—access NCBC podcasts and lectures
- View the videocast of Ida Sim's NCBC Lecture: Computerizing the Human Studyome Using Tools from the National Center for Biomedical Ontology
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Information Technology
- American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Public Policy Resources
- Health IT — the California HealthCare Foundation offers reports, publications, and initiatives on emerging technology trends and related policy and regulatory issues.
UCSF Training Opportunities
The UCSF Graduate Program in Biomedical and Medical Informatics offers two pathways for PhD training:
- The Bioinformatics pathway provides multidisciplinary graduate study in biological composition, structure, function and evolution at the molecular and systems levels. Bioinformatics relies on techniques from applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology to study biological composition, structure, function, and evolution at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels. It comprises all aspects of the gathering, storing, analyzing, predicting, and disseminating the corresponding information.
Director: Tom Ferrin, PhD
Contact: Julia Molla, Bioinformatics Program Coordinator, 415-514 0249
- The Clinical and Translational Informatics (CTI) Pathway provides graduate training in informatics for clinical research and care which emphasizes foundational training in core informatics theories and methods complemented by coursework and experiences in two major application domains:
- Clinical and translational research
- Quality and safety of evidence-based care
Director: Russ Cucina, MD
Associate Director: Yao Sun, MD, PhD
Contact: Cheryl Fong, 415-476-1036
External Training Opportunities
NIH Funding Opportunities
- NIH—Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative
- Data Ontologies for Biomedical Research (R01)
- Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing (R01)
- Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) (R01)
- Continued Development and Maintenance of Software (R01)
- National Library of Medicine Grants & Funding
Center for Clinical & Translational Informatics (CCTI)
The mission of the UCSF CCTI is to promote the understanding and use of informatics to accelerate clinical discovery and advance clinical care.
Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics
University of California, San Francisco
Laurel Heights Campus
3333 California, Suite 435Q
San Francisco, CA 94143-1211
Director: Ida Sim, MD, PhD
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Professional Informatics Organizations
- American Medical Informatics Association
- Health Informatics World Wide
- Connecting for Health—Markle Foundation brings together health and IT leaders with government and policy experts at a special event.
- Health Level Seven—Unlocking the Power of Health Information
- Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium