The Informatics Shared Resource (ISR) of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii (CRCH) was established as a core facility in 2004. Its goal is to promote multidisciplinary collaboration, and enhance the research excellence and productivity of CRCH by providing access to biomedical informatics expertise and computational support to all members of the Center. The prime objective of the ISR is to facilitate the management, sharing, and integration of diverse data types in cancer research, as well as the synthesis and analysis of more focused data sets from the basic, clinical, genomics and population sciences. The bioinformatics group of the ISR supports a dedicated scientific computing network for computational cancer biology,and leads the development and application of advanced algorithms and software tools that enable Center investigators to take a more integrative approach to cancer research for the purpose of accelerating the translation of basic research results into the clinic.
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The ISR provides expertise in the design and programming of bioinformatics tools and algorithms dedicated to the analysis, visualization and interpretation of high dimensional, genomic data sets. The ISR has also developed and maintains a web-based suite of analytical tools (CRCHXpress) that greatly accelerates the analysis, visualization and interpretation of microarray data of all kinds through the use of an intuitive, point-and-click graphical user interface. Other software tools that are available to investigators include Ingenuity Pathway Analysis for assessing the biological significance gene lists, Pathway Studio for inferring the up- and down-stream effects of a given set of molecules, and Geospiza/GeneSifter for the multi-way statistical analysis of microarray and next-generation sequence datasets. The ISR provides consultation and support on use of genomics and proteomics data repositories such as the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) which provides access to data for almost a billion expression measurements in over 4,000 experiments from over 1,000 organisms. The ISR also conducts research and development in new analytical tools and methods that ensure that Center investigators can quickly and effectively exploit the latest technology advances in cancer genomics, proteomics and systems biology.
The CRCH has been a participating member of the NCI Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) project (http://cabig.nci.nih.gov/) since the project was launched in February 2004. The caBIG project is a multi-centered initiative to build an informatics infrastructure for the development and sharing of tools and data in an open environment with common standards. In parallel with our participation in the caBIG project, the ISR is spearheading the effort to adopt the caBIG framework to build an integrative web-based system for all informatics needs at the CRCH. The ISR will be collaborating with other shared resources (e.g. the Biostatistics Shared Resource, Genotyping Shared Resource, Analytical Laboratory Shared Resource, Pathology Shared Resource, and the Clinical Protocol and Data Management Shared Resource) on this endeavor.
The ISR reviews commercial third-party software applications and provides investigators with software recommendations to meet their specific needs. The ISR also develops customized software tools and algorithms that address specific data management and analysis issues faced by investigators in a fast changing research environment. We have extensive experience in general programming languages such as HTML, JAVA, C, C++, Visual Basic, Matlab, R/Bioconductor and ASP.net and provide access to a number of specialized third-party software applications such as Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, Pathway Studio, and Geospiza/GeneSifter.
Consultation is provided on data management issues to ensure that the complex data from diverse sources can be integrated in appropriate ways prior to analysis. The ISR will aid researchers in publishing their data for use by others, if desired. In particular, the bioinformatics group of the ISR provides consultation to investigators on appropriate ways to structure, store, retrieve/extract high-dimensional genomics data sets for downstream normalization, visualization and analysis.
The ISR provides consultation on design issues of complex relational as well as hierarchical information/database systems. Programmers within the ISR develop these systems in consultation with investigators and users and are also available for consultation to researchers developing database systems dedicated to a specific task or research project.
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