Biomedical Informatics
Resources and Services

Resources and Services

The Division of Biomedical Informatics provides a variety of computational resources, services and support to investigators at the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.
Available computational resources include the i2b2 research data warehouse for cohort identification, a cluster with more than 300 processing cores for executing computationally intensive jobs, network filers and relational database systems for secure and regulatory compliant data storage, and an array of licensed and open-source scientific software applications including statistical analysis packages.  
We offer support services for both basic and clinical research. Our service staff can help with the selection, purchase and installation/configuration of basic research tools (e.g., electronic lab notebook software, cluster computing applications), and can provide both formal (grant-funded) and informal assistance in areas such as sequence analysis and microarray data analysis. 

We also specialize in the development of electronic data capture systems using tools such as Microsoft SharePoint Services with InfoPath, in addition to designing/developing informational and collaborative portals, research patient registries and other custom software, including multimedia applications. 

Here is an overview of our services groups: 

Bioinformatics Collaborative Services

What We Do: 
We assist researchers with processing, managing and analyzing molecular data, including genomic and functional genomic data, by applying innovative bioinformatics tools and methods.

Services Offered: 
  • Data processing, analysis and pipeline development
  • Visualization, presentation and sharing
  • Letters of support

Data and Technology Services

What We Do: 
We develop and support highly reliable technologies and other solutions that facilitate investigator interactions and transform clinical and research data into new discoveries and knowledge in order to gain new, actionable knowledge.

Services Offered: 
  • Web/mobile application development
  • Data extraction/integration/visualization including EHR data for research
  • Data coordinating center services

Research IT Services

What We Do: 
We develop and provide IT services and computational resources to investigators across the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

Services Offered: 
  • Application/server hosting and computational infrastructure
  • Data storage and databases
  • High-performance computing

Our help desk provides support for all BMI-developed and -hosted research technologies during normal business hours, 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday.  Requests can be submitted to our online ticket system via  Cincinnati Children’s employees needing basic desktop support (e.g., Windows, Mac), help with any clinical or general business system, or emergency assistance with research systems outside normal business hours should contact the service desk at 513-636-4100.