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New Computational Resources Initiative Streamlines Research Assistance

The need for advanced computing resources continues to grow at research institutions across the nation and the world. To meet that need, The Research Institute has launched a new initiative termed Computational Resources (CR).

“One of The Research Institute’s strategic goals is to provide the infrastructure – particularly related to big data and high-end computing resources— required to support our current and future scientific initiatives,” says Veronica Vieland, PhD, vice president, Computational Research.  “Computational Resources is a newly structured entity within the institute designed to meet that goal, benefitting both research and clinical faculty. Bringing different services together under the single CR umbrella will help us coordinate and collaborate across areas, not only providing more services, but just as importantly, continuing to improve the services we offer.”

Computational Resources encompasses three areas of computing expertise:

  • Biostatistics Shared Resource
  • Research Data and Computing
  • Research Information Technology

“To serve the diverse research needs of the institute, additional programs with specialized or targeted computational services continue to be retained within other shared cores and centers. For example, separate state-of-the-art informatics services are housed within the Biopathology Center; while bioinformatics processing of genomics data remains part of the Biomedical Genomics Core,” explains Dr. Vieland.

For overall technology and computational assistance, Computational Resources is the first core service faculty and staff should contact.

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR), led by Igor Dvorchik, PhD, consists of two core services: the Biostatistics Core, also led by Dr. Dvorchik, and the Epidemiology Core, led by Mark Klebanoff, MD, MPH.

The BSR provides assistance to investigators in:

  • Study design
  • Data analysis
  • Interpretation of statistical results
  • Preparation of manuscripts and statistical parts of grants

For other services such as database design or data management services, the BSR can help you coordinate with Research Data and Computing.
Research Data and Computing (RDC), led by Yungui Huang, PhD, provides services in the following areas:

  • Electronic Data Capture
  • Data validation/curation/harmonization
  • Database design and management
  • Research project website design/implementation
  • Research application/software installations
  • Streamline of research data analysis
  • Distributed computing

Research Information Technology (RIT) led by Jason Morrison, MBA, and formerly known as Research Information Services, provides assistance in the following areas:

  • Technical support
  • User education
  • Desktop maintenance and support
  • Network and infrastructure maintenance and support
  • Enterprise and business applications maintenance and support
  • Voice maintenance and support
  • Mobile device support

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