Indiana Biobank to Serve as Central Repository
The Indiana University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has recommended the Indiana Biobank serve as the centralized collection and storage repository for all COVID-19 related sample banking taking place at IU Health, Eskenazi and IU School of Medicine. Centralized receiving, processing, storing and distribution of samples, are some of the services the Indiana Biobank provides, in addition to database and IT support. Find out more about the program here.
Indiana Academic Institutions Mobilizing to Increase Supply of PPE
Ivy Tech Community College local campuses and the partner universities of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame) announced that they are currently focused on optimizing and printing medical face shields. They anticipate being able to produce several thousand face shields each week, spread across the various 3D printing locations.
To learn more about this and other collaborative efforts related to COVID-19 supply shortages, go here.
Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge
The National Institutes of Health has launched a centralized, secure enclave to store and study vast amounts of medical record data from people diagnosed with coronavirus disease across the country. It is part of an effort, called the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), to help scientists analyze these data to understand the disease and develop treatments. The N3C harnesses the extensive resources of the NCATS-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) Program and its Center for Data to Health (CD2H), with overall stewardship from NCATS.
The initiative will create an analytics platform to systematically collect clinical, laboratory and diagnostic data from health care provider organizations nationwide. It will then harmonize the aggregated information into a standard format and make it available rapidly for researchers and health care providers to accelerate COVID-19 research and provide information that may improve clinical care.
There currently are 35 collaborating sites across the country. Diverse data from individuals tested for COVID-19 and related diseases are provided by institutions and organizations that execute the NCATS Data Transfer Agreement (DTA). Data access will be open to all users under a forthcoming NCATS Data Use Agreement (DUA), regardless of whether they contribute data. NCATS is taking multiple security and privacy measures such as implementing user registration, federated login, data use agreements with institutions and data use requests with users. For more details, see the N3C FAQs.
Learn more about the N3C and view a demonstration of the platform.
Effects of COVID-19 on women doing health research
Researchers at IU School of Medicine are trying to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on early career women doing health sciences research and any associated attitudes, behaviors, and coping mechanisms.
The study includes answering a few questions online, which should take about 15 minutes. Contact the study team for more information.