About Us

The Center for Research Informatics (CRI) was created in 2011 to provide the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division (BSD) with informatics resources and services to enable world-class research.

We offer secure, state-of-the-art resources for working with clinical, translational, and basic science data, including a clinical data warehouse, custom application development for research projects, clinical trials management solutions, secure high-performance computing and data storage, and a bioinformatics core facility offering genomic and proteomic data analysis and consulting. In addition, we support research and education in the field of informatics, working with our academic partners at the University on joint initiatives and acting as strong advocates for informatics within our research communities. Our work is supported in part by the Institute for Translational Medicine.

For over three years, the CRI Bioinformatics Core has offered a free monthly training seminar to the BSD community, covering a variety of bioinformatics tools and techniques. Topics have ranged from the Linux Command Line to R and Bioconductor to integrating the CRI’s high-performance computing resources into bioinformatics analysis. Since these seminars began in May 2012, they have attracted more than 1100 total participants, routinely filling every available seat.

Based on the success of these training seminars, in 2014 we launched the CRI Workshop Learning Series with our first event. Our second workshop was held a year later. With the Workshop Learning Series, we aim to bring educational opportunities in informatics to a larger audience of scientists and students, and to encourage collaboration and community in informatics research.

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