Information and knowledge management are at the center of the modern clinical research enterprise. The Biomedical Informatics program enables researchers to find collaborators and resources that match their needs and interests; study populations across multiple Harvard affiliates; receive state-of-the-art education in the use of computational tools; and increase the cohesion of our research community across multiple institutional boundaries. Several of our tools (e.g., SHRINE, Harvard Catalyst Profiles) have been widely adopted by other CTSAs. eagle-i, a national biomedical resource discovery system, is being developed in partnership with COBRE, INBRE, RCMI and RTRN institutions.
The program provides:
- Tools for finding collaborators, research resources, funding & more. Web-based tools help people connect with one another, access services, capture data, and gain insights that foster collaborative translational research.
- Population study tools from the combined Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Query tools aggregate de-identified clinical data and biosamples for use in population studies.
- State-of-the-art training for investigators and informaticians. Applied nanocourses equip biological investigators with skills in the latest genome-era computational tools. Masters and PhD programs train the next generation of leaders in biomedical informatics. The Genetics and Bioinformatics Program offers related training.
- Harvard Catalyst website support. The program designs and maintains the Harvard Catalyst website, and assists other programs with application development to support their activities.
- Public Communication. The program is determining the most effective methods and models for communicating with the public about health information and the clinical research enterprise.