The Renaissance Computing Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill collaborated on the North Carolina Collaboratory for Bioinformatics (NCCBI), part of UNC Chapel Hill’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), funded by the National Institutes of Health. Nationwide, 14 CTSA awards created a network of medical research institutions engaged in bringing laboratory discoveries to communities and patients as quickly as possible in order to improve health care delivery and public health.
The five-year grant to UNC Chapel Hill created the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute to engage communities across the state in a continuous cycle of knowledge, discovery and dissemination of new ideas for delivering health care. The NCCBI is part of TraCS and creates a system for aggregating all available biomedical information on patients in North Carolina so it can used, reused, and compared during different treatments over the course of the patient’s lifetime. The system is expected to make it easier to track trends in public health and treatments, the efficacy of treatments and the relationship of large-scale trends and issues to the effectiveness of individual treatments.
National Institutes of Health
Kirk Wilhemson, RENCI/ UNC School of Medicine
School of Information and Library Sciences, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of Medicine