About CDSI

One of the most profound institutional transformations catalyzed by NUCATS has been the development of an integrated biomedical informatics environment and creation of the Northwestern University Biomedical Informatics Center (NUBIC). To address the growing importance of Big Data and Data Science, Dean Neilson enlarged the mission of the center to include formal responsibility for Data Science. As a result, in 2014 the center was renamed the Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI). The CDSI is led by Dr. Justin Starren, who also serves as Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) formed in 2011. This dual role facilitates synergy between the service functions of CDSI and the research and education roles of HBMI. Together, CDSI and HBMI have seven primary faculty, fourteen faculty with secondary or affiliated appointments, and 44 additional staff. Dr. Starren has been involved in CTSA informatics activities since 2007, including serving as co-chair of the Informatics KFC.

CDSI has been a major driver of NUCATS’ model of sustainable innovation, seeking out research barriers that can be overcome with informatics tools, developing new software and data platforms, testing usability and impact, and then deploying these novel tools to the NUCATS community and to other institutions across the country. The following table is an overview of the services and software we offer. Please read more about in Resources and Services.

Informatics Infrastructure

Systems operated by CDSI are in italics. Those developed by CDSI are denoted by an asterisk*

CDSI has developed an integrated suite of applications to support ongoing clinical trial activities, including a robust clinical trials management system currently required for all clinical research studies, allowing greater monitoring of all research activity and compliance. In addition, we offer a large number of internal competitive funding opportunities using this NUCATS-developed software, which allows uploading of applications, usage by reviewers, monitoring and management of scores, and notification of individuals engaged in the review process.