ICTR Deputy Director to Lead New CTSA Data Center

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) announced earlier this month a $25M, five-year award to establish the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) within the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. Dr. Christopher Chute, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, is a co-PI of the project.  According to the announcement, the new center will “focus on creating and harnessing an ecosystem for translational scientists to discover and share their software, data and other research resources within the CTSA Program Network.”

The CTSA Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H) has been awarded from theNational Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (Grant U24TR002306) to Oregon Health & Science University, Northwestern University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks, together with The Scripps Research Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, The University of Iowa, and The Jackson Laboratory.

The CD2H will be tasked with several priorities to support a vibrant and evolving informatics ecosystem, including: support and enhancement of a collaborative informatics community; development of Good Data Practices (GDP); promotion of software standards for interoperability; growth of collaborative innovation across informatics tools, methods, and processes; advancement of cutting edge biomedical research informatics; data science education for CTSA Program researchers; and novel methods and tools for the evaluation of the impact of these activities to enhance health care through data and informatics.

Dr. Chute described the important role that collaborative informatics plays in health. “All CTSA hubs have shared an aspiration for federated analyses of clinical data across the network, married with public repositories of basic science data, to achieve unprecedented levels of biomedical knowledge discovery and improved practice. CD2H will catalyze this process, and coordinate the myriad of social, legal, and technical requirements to make this practical.”