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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

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Translational Informatics


Translational informatics applies information science to help turn research data into knowledge: it incorporates academic disciplines including artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, information science, and social science. The general goal of informatics is to develop systems that assist users by making it easy to store, retrieve, and use data, information, and knowledge.

Our Mission

  • Help translational researchers use informatics tools to find the data they need
  • Store and analyze the data they create
  • Share their discoveries
  • Provide the infrastructure as a learning community for bioinformaticists and health informaticists to learn, collaborate, and develop new innovations in translational informatics

Services and Resources

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture)

A free, auditable, HIPAA-compliant tool for the creation of study databases and surveys. To create a new project or for more information, contact Linda Carlin.

Bioinformatics Tools and Techniques

Data Sharing

Federal programs strongly encourage or mandate posting certain research results, such as microarray data. Repositories like the Gene Expression Ombibus (GEO) are available for data sharing: to post your own data and/or use data from others to explore hypotheses and develop preliminary results. For assistance with data sharing, contact Tzu Phang.

Data Management Plan Tool

Scholarly researchers today are increasingly required to create data management plans (DMPs) as a precondition for grant funding. DMPTool is an online application that helps researchers create effective DMPs by providing detailed guidance and links to general and institutional resources.

Clinical Data

To obtain data from University of Colorado Hospital or Children’s Hospital Colorado, please contact Michael Kahn.

General Informatics Questions

Please contact Tom Yaeger.

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