Supporting the future of research, accelerating the speed of discovery
Biomedical and genomic research have been at the forefront of the “big data” revolution, and the fields of data science and informatics will continue to substantially impact the future of health care. Children’s Mercy was an early pioneer in the field, applying genomics to newborn diagnostics and informatics approaches that have heightened the understanding of pediatric diseases and conditions and illuminated innovative treatment approaches.
Today, the Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI) continues that pioneering pursuit of data-driven discovery through sophisticated technology and a progressive support program that provides information technology-related resources to researchers and their teams.
CMRI’s world-class computational resources store, manage and analyze massive volumes of data. CMRI’s state-of-the-art data center handles the rapidly increasing amount of complex data generated from the Institute’s expanding research endeavors.
The technological resources and capabilities dovetail with the expertise and unique skill set of a dedicated Research Informatics team that ensures information technology expertise is increasingly embedded in research projects. The team also helps CMRI researchers and their teams to harness critical data to solve the most challenging health questions and problems facing children.
In addition, the team supports the platforms and workflows specific to CMRI administration, including the platforms used by the Children’s Mercy Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, as well as platforms that support grant writing and other endeavors.
Research informatics provides unparalleled resources and support
A designated Research Informatics group at CMRI provides and supports platforms that enable a wide range of research projects and programs at CMRI. The group supports the high-performance computing systems used by researchers and provides early-stage software development for CMRI investigators.
At its core, the Research Informatics group provides technical resources and expertise to the Institute’s flourishing and evolving research enterprise. Bringing together a wide array of skills sets and critical knowledge, informatics support at CMRI enables research administrative systems and innovative solutions.
Some of the key informatics capabilities provided:
- Comprehensive platforms to support key research processes, such as those involving grants, the Institutional Review Board and safety, among others
- Custom software development for funded research
- Support of the Researcher Network to promote internal and external collaboration
- Management of large-scale research data resources
- Consultation, project design and management
- Advanced research computing for high-performance computing
- Mixed-reality technical support
- Software and hardware evaluation and review