The CDU Center for Biomedical Informatics, as an extension of its research and service activities, provides a number of resources to enhance the productivity and quality of scientific research and education at CDU. Principally these are software tools that assist researchers, administrators, and students in a variety of ways.
The Research Electronic Data Capture tool is a software application that allows easy creation of clinical research forms, surveys, and related data capture instruments with automatic coupling of data entry to a back-end database from which data can be downloaded for analysis.
Also serving as the de facto CDU faculty database, the Profiles software application allows researchers to identify scientific collaborators and teachers both locally at CDU and, through linkages to the UCLA CTSI and the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN), regionally and nationally.
Los Angeles Data Resource
The Los Angeles Data Resource (LADR, pronounced "ladder") is a partnership with the UCLA CTSI and other institutions that aims to create a distributed, de-identified database of operational clinical data covering all the residents of Los Angeles County. With appropriate authorization, LADR can be used, inter alia, to establish the existence of cohorts for preparation of research grant applications; conduct epidemiologic research; count subpopulations with meeting various criteria; and, through the participating partners and their health care providers, recruit subjects for clinical trials.
What is Health Research? An Animated video to explain health research participation to low literacy multicultural populations
Research shows that populations with limited literacy skills are often more open to visual media based informational materials, such as animated educational videos. With funding from the NIH, Dr. Sheba George at CDU, in collaboration with Health Nuts Media, developed a script based on a systematic literature review she conducted of key barriers and facilitators to minority participation in clinical research. The animated video entitled “What is Health Research?” available in English and Spanish, is based on the script and found to be acceptable to low-income multicultural communities of color (African American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islanders) in enhancing health research literacy.