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Translational Informatics

Translational informatics applies information science to help turn research data into knowledge: it incorporates academic disciplines including artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, information science, and social science. The general goal of informatics is to develop systems that assist users by making it easy to store, retrieve, and use data, information, and knowledge.

Our mission is to:

  • Help translational researchers use informatics tools to find the data they need
  • Store and analyze the data they create
  • Share their discoveries
  • Provide the infrastructure as a learning community for bioinformaticists and health informaticists to learn, collaborate, and develop new innovations in translational informatics

 Services and Resources

Create a new database for a study: REDCap

To create a new database, please contact Linda Carlin of the CCTSI informatics data management team. The Informatics core recommends use of REDCap for data storage. REDCap is subsidized for CCTSI members, so that it is available at no cost. For more information on REDCap, please visit:

Get help on bioinformatics tools and techniques

View brief educational videos on a variety of bioinformatics topics. If you need help finding additional assistance, please contact Tzu Phang.

Develop customized databases, registries, or web sites for a research study

An excellent resource for development of registries and web sites is the Development & Informatics Service Center (DISC) associated with the Colorado School of Public Health. Although these services are not underwritten by the CCTSI, a consultation to develop an estimate of costs is free.

Share/post research results and use results shared/posted by others

Federal programs strongly encourage or mandate posting certain research results, such as microarray data. Repositories like the Gene Expression Ombibus (GEO) are available to post your data, and to use data from others to explore hypotheses and develop preliminary results for new studies. For assistance using GEO and related tools, contact Tzu Phang.

Obtain clinical data from University of Colorado Hospital or Children’s Hospital

For Children’s Hospital, the primary contact for clinical data is Michael Kahn.

Get help for a topic not listed above

The members of the CCTSI Informatics Core and their primary responsibilities are shown below. If it is not clear whom you should contact, please contact Tom Yaeger.


 RIIC Director

Michael Kahn, MD PhDMichael Kahn, MD PhD

RIIC Director,
Associate Professor of Epidemiology - Department of Pediatrics,
Director of Clinical Informatics - Department of Quality & Patient Safety at Children's Hospital Colorado

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