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Research Informatics

Samir J.Courdy, MBA

The Research Informatics (RISR) Shared Resource provides database, web, and enterprise level software development for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Programs and Cancer Center Shared Resources. The goal of the RISR team is to develop and support comprehensive computing and information systems that enable researchers to use technology in the most efficient manner to accomplish their research objectives. This includes state-of-the-art software engineering, database design, and application and web development, as well as cutting-edge expertise in natural language processing, system design, data mining, and electronic data capture systems.

The RISR has designed and built applications and systems support the operations and workflow for several Shared Resources, including High-Throughput Genomics and Bioinformatics Analysis, Biorepository and Molecular Pathology, Genetic Counseling, and the Utah Population Database. RISR also built software applications that support the Cancer Genetics Network, the High Risk Cancer Research Clinics, and the Research Subject Registry. The Resource is also active in the areas of clinical trials, clinical and basic science translational research programs, CCSG administration, Cancer Center Administration and online patient education.  More recently RISR is providing its suite of tools to the Center of Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the University of Utah Health Sciences Biorepository and the Utah Genome Project (UGP).

The RISR built a comprehensive suite of software applications: Cancer Clinical Research (CCR) that supports the clinical research needs of all the Multi-Disciplinary Groups (MDGs). A Biospecimen Management and Annotation System (itBioPath), a microarray and next-generation sequencing LIMS and genomics software application GNomEx, and a drug/chemical screening annotation and management suite (CSAM). The CCR, itBioPath, and GNomEx are integrated systems; providing genotype and phenotype associations for research and discovery.

The RISR Director and members have extensive experience in informatics and computer science, having made numerous contributions to the fields over the past 20 years in both laboratory and clinical systems in academic and commercial environments. Their work follows industry standard development methodologies and takes advantage of the best tools and resources. Projects are prioritized based on the strategic planning of the cancer center leadership, including the HCI Director's Cabinet (senior directors) and HCI's Internal Advisory Board.

For more information, please see the Research Informatics Shared Resource website.

Research Informatics Governance

HCI Senior Director Oversight
Bradley Cairns, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
Bradley Cairns, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
HCI Director's Cabinet

If use of this resource results in a publication, please acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant by using the following text: "The project described was supported by Award Number P30CA042014 from the National Cancer Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute or the National Institutes of Health."