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Last Updated: 07/27/15

New Collaboration Opportunity: A Secure, Web-Based Biorepository Database

The National Cancer Institute seeks collaborators to co-develop a secure, web-based system that manages multi-dimensional data models on biospecimens. To see the full Collaboration Announcement, please visit the Technology Transfer Center Website

Background:

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Comprehensive Data Resource (CDR) is a distributed web-based system that manages and maintains multi-dimensional data models on biospecimens. CDR was developed and is currently utilized to collect biospecimen and clinical data on biospecimens collected from cancer patient donors and post-mortem donors, for the NCI’s Biospecimen Pre-analytical Variables (BPV) and NIH Genotype-tissue Expression (GTEx) programs.

CDR provides secure data access based on user’s roles and privileges. Through dynamic content redaction, it protects private information in compliance with HIPAA regulations. Its graphic user interfaces streamline data entry workflow based on SOPs for sample collection and processing. The automated data checks and validations confirm data integrity and SOP adherence simultaneously. The reporting and analytics module supports data analysis and aggregation, report generation and real-time operational data snapshots.

Collaboration Opportunity:

CDR was developed by the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) and is built with a combination of open-source and commercial technologies including Grails, Oracle, Groovy, jQuery, and Apache Solr. The CDR code has been made publicly available at GitHub (https://github.com/ncip/cdr). NCI is seeking collaborative partners to examine CDR, to evaluate its suitability for wide-spread use, and to potentially adopt the system for their institutional needs. It is expected that the collaborators would have their own IT capacity to customize, and add new functions as needed. Further information can be found in the full collaboration announcement.

Two webinars to introduce CDR and demo its main functions will be hosted by NCI to help the collaborators further understand how CDR was implemented and its functions.

  1. Thursday, July 23, 12-1 pm EDT.
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  2. Wednesday, July 29, 12-1 pm EDT.
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The following presentations were given during the WebEx demonstrations:

  1. CDR: Program Introduction - Presented by Dr. Helen Moore and Dr. Ping Guan
  2. CDR: Technical Overview - Presented by David Tabor

The slides from each presentation can be viewed by clicking on the respective titles.

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Interested parties should contact Dr. Jeffrey Thomas
Jeffrey W. Thomas, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-624-8775
Email: jeffreyt@mail.nih.gov