Breaking Down Silos: Resolving Academic, Medical, and Research Interests Once and for All

Samuel L. Volchenboum, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Center for Research Informatics; Associate Chief Research Information Officer, The University of Chicago Medicine )

Session Overview

Resources dedicated to research are difficult to fund, build, maintain, and democratize. Often, research groups are funded in hopes that they will collaborate and share resources with other groups throughout the institution. In practice, this is difficult to achieve and often leads to the creation of silos and a scarcity of resources to support other research groups. The University of Chicago Center for Research Informatics (CRI) was created in 2011 with a mandate to provide collaborative research services to all research groups. With institutional funding, four cooperative channels of operation were established: systems and infrastructure, bioinformatics, application development, and data warehousing. Starting with only five people, the CRI currently has over forty staff and has developed a highly sustainable model for supporting all research programs, from basic science to clinical trials. This session will focus on the substrate necessary for forming such a group, recommendations for building and growing the operation, and tips for building a sustainable ecosystem for research.

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