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Research Informatics Core

The Research Informatics Core (RIC) is a Shared Resource at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. RIC's mission is to utilize the expertise of faculty and staff with a background in biology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and computer science to provide high-level informatics and information technology support to clinical and translational research. Our goal is to facilitate the study and understanding of biological processes, clinical disorders, pathologic abnormalities, and the relationships among them, using a wide variety of informatics techniques, applications, and user training.

Our services include:

  • Creating and managing HIPAA compliant research databases for cancer clinical research
  • Designing and implementing caBIG compatible research data systems
  • Developing software and Web-based applications for research data capture, validation, retrieval, and analysis
  • Providing industry standard based data warehouse to incorporate existing or separately designed research databases for clinical, experimental, and biosample data
  • Supporting the data management capability for large volumes of research data generated by microarrays and related technologies
  • Ensuring conformity of data elements and structures to national standards via participation in standards organizations, facilitating intramural and extramural collaboration
  • Providing individualized support to end-users with research informatics training needs
  • Designing and implementing biostatistical and bioinformatics software packages

Our priority for usage is:

The Research Informatics Core assigns highest priority to work in three areas: (1) investigator-initiated, therapeutic oncology clinical trials, especially those involving translational research; (2) cancer-related grant proposals seeking peer-reviewed funding from the NCI or equivalent funding agencies; and (3) funded peer-reviewed translational, therapeutic, or basic science studies.  To enhance the ability of the Cancer Institute to conduct clinical trials, we also give high priority to teaching medical fellows and residents intent on pursuing research careers in cancer. A second tier of priorities, which are addressed on a time-available basis, relates to work on non-funded cancer-related projects intended for publication in major peer-reviewed journals. A third tier of priorities, which are also addressed on a time-available basis, relates to work not directly cancer-related.

Operating policies:

The Research Informatics Core designs, develops and supports Oracle based database systems. We do not develop SQL Server, MS Access, MS Excel Spreadsheet, or other legacy systems. Databases are designed with the goal of caBIG compatibility.

Service costs:

Costs associated with our services are established on a case by case basis.

Service Request

To request consultation with our Research Informatics Core please click on the Service Request Form.  We will make every effort to respond within 3-5 business days.

Service requests are managed by the RIC through their online Service Request Management System (SRMS). The SRMS can be accessed by clicking here (internal only).