INFORMATICS

Our multidisciplinary Biomedical Informatics Program supports healthy communities by accelerating the translation of research data to knowledge - bridging the gap between ideas and innovative therapies.

Processing and analysis of genomic data, including long and short term research support, education and consultation. Aid in accessing public genomics data sources such as the Genomic Data Commons.

A significant amount of clinical data is embedded within clinical notes. Through a collaboration with the VCU Massey Cancer Center, the Wright Center provides domain-specific data extraction via text analyses and natural language processing.

Federated research network platforms such as TriNetX and the Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network facilitate cohort discovery for study feasibility and design. Virginia Commonwealth University has joined the ACT Network, providing investigators with the ability to query across all Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)-funded institutions. Subsequent re-identification of cohorts for data provisioning is also available to investigators.

Research Datasets

Researchers may request data sourced from various clinical data systems, including the electronic medical record and billing systems. Datasets may be based on cohorts identified through the Wright Center’s cohort discovery platforms or through consultations with Wright Center data analysts. Datasets may be de-identified or identified based on the appropriate IRB approvals.

Data Management

Wright informatics provides consulting expertise on devising the appropriate electronic data capture (EDC) strategy for your research project. Platforms such as REDCap, OnCore electronic case report forms (eCRF) and custom EDC solutions are available to properly capture and curate research data.

Honest Broker Services

The Wright Center informatics team, acting as a neutral third party, will act on behalf of investigators to provision de-identified data to your research team. Researchers conducting oncology-oriented research may request honest broker services through the the VCU Massey Cancer Center Informatics Core.

OnCore is the enterprise-wide clinical research management system at VCU and VCU Health. The system collects study, participant, and procedure data to enhance clinical trial participant safety, provide accurate institutional metrics, improve research billing compliance, and increase sponsor-funded cost recovery.

Study Participation

VCU researchers need volunteers to make medical discoveries that save lives. Platforms such as ResearchMatch help connect potential clinical trial participants with VCU researchers who are looking for study volunteers. StudyFinder may also be used to find active clinical trials at VCU and provide a means to communicate directly with study teams.

Training

The Wright Center offers a variety of training in areas including bioinformatics, electronic data capture (EDC) strategies, system access and use, and more. The Wright Center informatics team will ensure delivery of those training resources targeted to your areas of interest.

Informatics Platforms

OnCore – Clinical trial management system

TriNetX – Global health research network

ACT – CTSA research network

REDCap – Research electronic data capture

Research Portal – Secure collaboration environment

Request informatics assistance from the Wright Center by completing and submitting this form. You will receive an email confirmation once the request has been processed.

Research Operations and Analytics Dashboards (ROAD) provides approved administrators and key stakeholder easy access to detailed dashboards and related information to gain valuable insights into administrative processing for research at VCU.

Cite & Submit: UL1TR002649

Publications supported by the Wright Center must cite the CTSA Grant number (UL1TR002649) and comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. We rely on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting annual productivity to the NIH.