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Tool Awareness Project

Innovative tools are essential for the planning and conduct of clinical and translational research. The list below is a subset of informatics-based tools in use across multiple CTSA institutions. In most cases, the tools are shareable with other institutions (across and outside the CTSA network).

The Tool Awareness Project is a self-service model for posting and maintaining information related to shareable tools. This self-service model helps ensure content is current and accurate by requiring the Project Owner to review/update the posting every six months.

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Any member of the CTSA Consortium may request to post a tool by navigating to "View Postings From My Institution" (login required) and then completing a brief request form.


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CATCHR is a resource (asset) identification tool that allows you to both browse and pinpoint diverse programs, infrastructure and services across the full clinical and translational science spectrum and across the entire CTSA Consortium. The CATCHR mission is to capture and make available...
Learn more >>Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 08/20/2013


CDART (Carolina Data Acquisition & Reporting Technology) is a data management tool designed to support multicenter research studies. CDART is web based and builds on mysql, xml, and tomcat components.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Last Edited: 05/13/2013

Columbia University Scientific Profile

We would like to present an open-access research networking system called CUSP - Columbia University Scientific Profiles. CUSP allows anyone to search for CUMC people, departments, grants, and publications. CUSP can also visualize co-author or co-investigator networks in Google Earth. The C...
Learn more >>Columbia University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

CORES (Core Ordering & Reporting Enterprise System)

CORES is a highly configurable, enterprise-wide software solution for research institutions which provides full central oversight while also allowing for flexible but consistent decentralized billing and usage functionality for core facilities.
Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 10/02/2013

CR-Assist (Clinical Research-Assist)

CR-Assist is designed to help ACTSI investigators/coordinators manage participants, track study visits and submit electronic appointment requests to our Clinical Research Site (CRS) schedulers, and print sample collection labels. Some of the features of the application are listed below. Exc...
Learn more >>Emory University (Morehouse SOM and GA TECH)
Last Edited: 04/30/2013

cTAKES - clinical Text Analytics and Knowledge Extraction System

cTAKES: clinical Text Analysis and Knowledge Extraction System is an open-source natural language processing system for information extraction from electronic medical record clinical free-text. It processes clinical notes, identifying types of clinical named entities?--?drugs, diseases/disorde...
Learn more >>Mayo Clinic
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


The purpose of the website is to aggregate and market technologies from CTSA institutions as well as those of the National Institutes of Health, with the goal of enhancing research activity and private partnerships across the CTSA consortium. The website includes a text-searchable interface an...
Learn more >>University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Last Edited: 11/15/2013


CTSAconnect addresses the problem of information fragmentation by coalescing the VIVO and eagle-i ontologies to create an Integrated Semantic Framework (ISF) that facilitates the production and consumption of Linked Open Data. It allows institutions to leverage existing tools and data sources...
Learn more >>Oregon Health & Science University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


Groundbreaking biomedical research requires access to cutting edge scientific resources; however such resources are often invisible beyond the laboratories or universities where they were developed. We have built a national research resource discovery platform that will help biomedical scienti...
Learn more >>Harvard University
Last Edited: 01/16/2014


The electronic Biomedical Interactive Resource Tool (eBIRT) is a web-based application used for research resource discovery. eBIRT offers resource providers, such as service centers and cores, a platform to advertise their services, and investigators a means to locate services for their use in...
Learn more >>Emory University (Morehouse SOM and GA TECH)
Last Edited: 01/24/2013


EMERSE is a user-friendly search engine designed to help users search through the free text (e.g., dictated/typed) clinical notes in an electronic health record system. It provides numerous features to ensure efficient and reliable search results, including synonym suggestion, and the ability...
Learn more >>University of Michigan
Last Edited: 11/11/2013

Engaging Stakeholders in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) recently launched a new, educational, interactive website for researchers: Engaging Stakeholders in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Available at, researchers will learn about what comprises compara...
Learn more >>Tufts University
Last Edited: 08/29/2013

FURTHeR - Federated Utah Research and Translational Health Electronic Repository

FURTHeR is a clinical cohort search tool used to search across the UU clinical data warehouse and the Utah Population Database for people who satisfy various criteria of the researchers. It uses the i2b2 front end but has a set of terminology servers, metadata servers and federated query tool...
Learn more >>The University of Utah
Last Edited: 01/16/2014

GATACA-genetic architecture tool for analysis of clinical abnormalities

On handheld -- will supply later. GATACA uses a vast array of data and knowledge to enable a user to build a model of a disease or disease area based on-genetic associations and abnormalities associted with clinical abnormalities. Enables sytems medicine via systems biology
University of Cincinnati
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

Graduate Tracking Survey System (GTSS)

The Graduate Tracking System Survey (GTSS), a web-based electronic questionnaire pre-populates the graduate's information on publications, clinical trials, grants, and patents by downloading the information in standardized format from public databases, which simplifies completion for graduates...
Learn more >>The Rockefeller University
Last Edited: 01/10/2014

Harvard Catalyst Profiles Research Networking Software

Profiles Research Networking Software is an NIH-funded open source tool to speed the process of finding researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and professional networking. Profiles RNS imports and analyzes 'white pages' information, publications, and other data sources...
Learn more >>Harvard University
Last Edited: 01/06/2014

Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc)

Statistical software designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities. The HD*Calc software can be used either as an extension of SEER*Stat--allowing users to import Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data--or with other population-bas...
Learn more >>Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 11/17/2014


HUBzero is an open source software platform for building powerful Web portals that support scientific discovery, learning, and collaboration. Some refer to such web sites as 'collaboratories' supporting 'team science.' We call them 'hubs' because each site becomes a focal point for its user co...
Learn more >>Indiana University School of Medicine
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

Improvement Science Research Network

The Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN) is the only National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported improvement research network. The ISRN's primary mission is to accelerate interprofessional improvement science in a systems context across multiple hospital sites. The uniqueness of the I...
Learn more >>The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Last Edited: 05/13/2014

Indiana Biobank

The Indiana Biobank is a resource to speed research breakthroughs by providing biological samples that are linked to electronic medical records contained in the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), a metropolitan electronic medical record system containing clinic, prescription and public h...
Learn more >>Indiana University School of Medicine
Last Edited: 10/07/2014


The IRBshare System is a new shared IRB review model for multi-site studies comprised of Participating Institutions utilizing Shared Review Documents and a Shared Review Process, supported by a centralized, secure web portal and the IRBshare Master Agreement ('IMA'). IRBshare aims to optimize...
Learn more >>Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 01/22/2014

ITHS Self-Directed Learning Center

Self-Directed Learning Center at Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS; one of the CTSAs) is an online learning repository for Translational Health Sciences and a learner-centered educational environment. Researchers we serve focus on diverse areas--from basic science to clinical tr...
Learn more >>University of Washington
Last Edited: 04/16/2014

LIMS - Laboratory Information Management System

Laboratory sample barcoding and tracking system.
Emory University (Morehouse SOM and GA TECH)
Last Edited: 04/30/2013

MURDOCK Study Community Registry and Biorepository

The MURDOCK Study Community Registry and Biorepository of Duke Translational Medicine Institute, a CTSA instituton, is a valuable resource that enables the following: (1) population characterization with data on demographics, environmental exposures, and personal and family history of disease...
Learn more >>Duke University
Last Edited: 07/25/2013

muStat (U-statistics for multivariate Data)

We provide a Web interface where investigators can upload multivariate data, e.g., from genome-wide expression and association studies, to a grid of several hundred computers for analysis using novel statistical approaches based on u-statistics for hierarchically structured data.
The Rockefeller University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


NUCATS Assist has been used at Northwestern to run more than 30 internally sponsored competitions, including young investigator awards, shared resource awards, and foundation awards. It is highly configurable and supports an NIH-style competition review process.
Northwestern University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

Open Proposals

UCSF has successfully experimented with using crowdsourcing tools to transform the process of generating ideas and building teams. We have taken the standard black box approach to the review and selection of proposals and reshaped it by adding a new pre-competitive phase that is open and colla...
Learn more >>University of California
Last Edited: 10/21/2013

Pathology Specimen Locator (SPIN)

Biospecimens: Search de-identified pathology text archives to locate human tissue for translational research studies.
Harvard University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

Patient Refined Information Services Manager (PRISM)

PRISM supports the execution of multivariable prediction models with patient-specific characteristics so that personalized estimates of outcomes, often as a function of alternative treatments, can be generated within the routine flow of patient care. This can support evidence-based, shared med...
Learn more >>University of Kansas Medical Center
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


Plumage is free software to make biomedical resources at large institutions more discoverable. It's implemented as an add-on to eagle-i, designed to make service/equipment listings easily accessible to researchers. Careful search engine optimization ensures that listings will show up on searc...
Learn more >>University of California
Last Edited: 06/04/2014

PRISM Online Training (PRISM = Program for Readability In Science & Medicine)

PRISM Online Training is an hour-long Web-based workshop that helps researchers and other health care professionals use clear, audience-centered language in consent forms and other print materials for patients and study subjects. The training is based on well-documented health literacy princip...
Learn more >>University of Washington
Last Edited: 09/25/2013

RAPID - Request and Progress Information Database

ACTSI Governance, Tracking & Evaluation, and Biomedical Informatics Program, in conjunction with each of the programs within the ACTSI, have developed the Request & Progress Information Database (RAPID) to record the progress of the ACTSI grant award. While it was primarily developed for the C...
Learn more >>Emory University (Morehouse SOM and GA TECH)
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

Rapid Response Team Grant Proposal Software

The online RRT Grant Proposal Management Software System is tailored for time and people management. This online tool includes automated, clear task assignments with deadlines and messaging (email notifications) for both scientists and grant administrators to ensure that key scientific and adm...
Learn more >>University of California Los Angeles
Last Edited: 11/18/2013


REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) allows users to build and manage online surveys* and databases quickly and securely. REDCap is: 1) Secure and web-based - Input data or build an online survey from anywhere in the world over a secure web connection with authentication and data logg...
Learn more >>Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 10/18/2013

Research Participant Registry

The main Registry goal is to aid investigators with recruitment and to promote a research-informed community of potential research participants. The Registry will ultimately ask every patient who uses an outpatient service at UPMC, or who uses UPMC HealthTrak, if they would be interested in le...
Learn more >>University of Pittsburgh
Last Edited: 10/29/2013


ResearchMatch has a simple goal - to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free and secure registry that has been develope...
Learn more >>Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 08/29/2013

Rockefeller University Bleeding History Phenotyping Tool and International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Bleeding Assessment Tool (BAT)

Two electronic instruments are available for obtaining standardized bleeding histories from individuals enrolled in a research study.
The Rockefeller University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


Patient De-identification of Free Text For more information see the open source web site (link below).
Harvard University
Last Edited: 01/15/2014

Services, Pricing & Applications for Research Center (SPARC)

SPARC (Services, Pricing, & Application for Research Center) is a web-based research management system that provides a one-stop-shop to researchers and their study teams to browse services and submit service and pricing requests to research service providers with a focus on billing compliance...
Learn more >>Medical University of South Carolina
Last Edited: 12/17/2013


ShareCenter is an open-source tool that facilitates organic sharing across boundaries. Its development has been funded by NCRR and NCATS to provide the CTSA Consortium with a convenient web platform for networking, exchanging resources, and collaborating. The initial pilot attracted 200+ users...
Learn more >>Oregon Health & Science University
Last Edited: 05/15/2013

SMART Teams (Students Modeling A Research Topic)

SMART Teams provide an innovative way to communicate the science of a CTSA to the surrounding community. In the SMART Team programs, a small team of high school students and their teacher work closely with a CTSA researcher to develop a physical model of a protein that is being investigated i...
Learn more >>Medical College of Wisconsin
Last Edited: 11/13/2013


StudySearchTM is a web-based application designed to provide an easily readable publicly accessible searchable listing of IRB-approved protocols that are recruiting study subjects. It was developed by the Regulatory Support and the Biomedical Informatics Cores of the Center for Clinical and Tr...
Learn more >>The Ohio State University
Last Edited: 10/22/2013


TIES (Tissue Information Extraction System) is an open-source, end-to-end system to de-identify, structure, code using controlled terminologies, and retrieve free-text pathology reports associated with bio-specimens. The tool enables users to query and analyze a large document repository, to u...
Learn more >>University of Pittsburgh
Last Edited: 10/18/2013

UCSF Clinical Research Resource HUB

The HUB provides a single portal to resources, expertise, and best practices for investigators, study staff, participants and partners/affiliates.
University of California
Last Edited: 04/18/2014

V-CAP: Customized Action Plan

The regulatory review and approval process is a significant part of the workflow associated with initiating clinical and translational research projects. Ambiguity concerning submission requirements and expected times associated with the review process can create additional work for research t...
Learn more >>Vanderbilt University (Meharry Medical College)
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


VIVO enables the discovery of researchers within and across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web-compliant data. The information accessible throu...
Learn more >>University of Florida
Last Edited: 05/15/2013


WebCAMP is a continually evolving ColdFusion-based system that has been developed to support various operational/administrative needs of CTSAs and other centers that provide resources to a broad spectrum of research studies. It has been available in the national community since approximately...
Learn more >>Weill Cornell Medical College (Hunter College)
Last Edited: 04/18/2014