Comprehensive Research Informatics
The Biomedical Informatics Core (BMIC) of the Center Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) provides comprehensive clinical and translational research informatics support to researchers through a variety of means, including education, consultation, and service delivery. Biomedical informaticians are embedded with each of the four arms of the CCTS, ensuring integration of informatics expertise across all CCTS activities. Additionally, a team of informatics and IT professionals provides support services to individual scientists. A major goal of the BMIC is to advance innovation in clinical and translational research informatics and advance the science of performing research.
BMIC contributes both formal and informal education to support development of informatics competencies among the varied personnel of clinical and translational research teams. This entails formal coursework, collaboration in curriculum development and planning, and consultation. BMIC contributes coursework, lectures, and seminars in the University of Utah's Department of Biomedical Informatics and the CCTS Masters of Science for Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program. It leads the Utah REDCap Certification Program (URCP), educating research personnel in the use of the REDCap tool for technology-enabled data collection and management. The course offers differential programming and certification for principal investigators, data coordinators, and project designers. Informal training and presentations are always available upon request from research groups, divisions and departments.
Innovation is a key priority of the BMIC, and information technology is critical to advancing the conduct of clinical and translational research. However, the full potential of information technology has not been realized in contemporary science. BMIC aims to leverage technology along with informatics methods to advance cohort identification, recruitment, biospecimen management and other critical aspects of clinical and translational science. Ongoing areas of research and innovation include:
- Data Federation and Aggregation
- Biorepository development
- Centralized research/resource planning and management
- Improving quality and information management related to participant consent
The Service component of the BMIC supports all arms of the CCTS, providing resources and services for the planning and implementation of translational research. This service focuses on a defined set of applications which are applied across multiple domains to more effectively support researchers. Examples of these applications include: