BMI-Related Cores and Resources
The BMI-CE core serves an integral role in providing access to existing clinical and health databases by working with collaborators across the region. We are working with partner institutions and national experts to expand research capabilities and better serve traditionally underserved areas.
The Nebraska Biobank is a Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) developed joint effort of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medicine to facilitate research in health care. The Nebraska Biobank is made up of residual blood samples from patients who want to take part.
Patients at the Nebraska Medicine clinics and hospitals are being asked at check-in to participate by donating any blood left from their scheduled laboratory tests to the Nebraska Biobank. Serum, Plasma, and DNA are recovered from the consented samples and stored for future research studies. De-identified data from the Electronic Health Record (EHR) such as age range, diagnosis, and medications are linked to the stored samples. Any faculty member from the University of Nebraska system may request samples from the biobank for their research projects but all requests are subject to feasibility and scientific merit review.
The Nebraska Biobank also offers sample management services to investigators for clinical trials and registries.
SPARC is the database that the GP IDeA-CTR is using to house an inventory of resources available in the network. Within this database, investigators can search for specific cores or labs, find other researchers with a certain expertise, or discover equipment that may not be available at their home institution.
To view resources available regionally, visit SPARC.
To learn more about SPARC and open data, view the SPARC Landscape Analysis.
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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Core
The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Core (BSBC) is a university-wide resource that fosters research and teaching activities related to bioinformatics and systems biology at UNMC. The mission of BSBC is to provide infrastructure, resources and educational training in the rapidly expanding field of bioinformatics with the ultimate goal of promoting synergistic research activities at the intersection of computational and experimental disciplines. This facility will be accessible to all UNMC and outside researchers who want to analyze biomolecular datasets (DNA, RNA, proteins, etc.). Learn more by visiting the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Core or contacting Babu Guda, Ph.D.
- NGS data analysis
- Array-based and systems biology data services
- Web pages and databases
- Machine Learning and research
- Grant support and consultation
- Other research related IT support
Electronic Health Records Data Access Core
The Electronic Health Records Data Access Core facility was established to provide research access to electronic health data from our health care information system [EPIC and Legacy EHR data, i.e.Carecast]. Learn more about the EHR Data Access Core or contacting Purnima Guda, PhD.
What Does the EHR Data Access Core Provide?
This core facility provides access to Electronic Health Care data for clinical and translational research. This may include:
- Feasibility studies
- Cross-sectional studies
- Health outcomes
- Retrospective data analysis
- quality improvement projects
- transfer of datasets to a registry
- case finding for subject recruitment
- public health research
Other Data Management Tools and Services
- Open-source bioinformatics tools are freely available to all the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network members.
- Licensed bioinformatics tools are available through INBRE support to some participating institutions, but not to all Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network institutions.
Contact CCORDA for any issues questions related to research design, data acquisition and management, research ethics, or analysis questions by visiting their homepage or contact Center Director Fang Yu, PhD.