Dr. Khamis Abu-Hasaballah is Assistant Vice President for Research IT Services and Director of the Research Informatics Core. He has designed and is leading the implementation of a 21st century Research IT strategy – aimed at transforming research administration and providing the infrastructure and tools necessary to meet the unique requirements of our researchers.
Prior to his current appointment, he served as Director of the Informatics Core in the General Clinical Research Center (an NIH funded clinical research organization) from 2001-2008. During his tenure there, he established the Core, which grew to include three full-time employees supporting over one hundred and fifty clinical research studies. Among his accomplishments were the establishment of the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) – an automated telephone interviewing system - and the development of the Research Adverse Events and Management system, which was mandated as the sole vehicle for reporting and tracking adverse events related to clinical research studies.Other prior appointments include serving as a technical lead and project manager in Research Computing Support in IT and Research Assistant in the Balance and Gait Laboratory.
Course Title: Principles of Clinical and Translational Research
Module Title: Computerized Data Management
Learning Objectives: - Understand the research study data management cycle. - Learn key data management principles and best practices. - Become familar with data management tools and concepts (CRF, RDBMS, data entry & checking tools, data security,etc.). - Learn how to design effective questionnaires using different question types. - Learn how to communicate effectively with IS personnel.
Required Reading: Book Title: Designing Clinical Research (Third Edition) Chapter Title: Chapter 15 – Designing Questionnaires & Interviews and Chapter 16 - Data Management Editors: Stephen B. Hulley, et al. Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
Suggested Reading: 1. Reading 1 (Book Available in UCHC Bookstore) Topic: Overview of Biomedical Data Book Title: Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (Third Edition) Chapter Title: Chapter 2 - Biomedical Data: Their Acquistion, Storage, and Use Editors: Edward Shortliffe and James and Cimino. Publisher: Springer Science, 2006 Reading 2 (Internet) Topic: Biomedical Data Security Book Title: For the Record: Protecting Electronic Health Information Publisher: Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1997
Research IT Services supports a wide array of services and is a key player in shaping the future of research at the University of Connecticut. We have embarked on a bold initiative to modernize and boost our portfolio of software solutions in an effort to reduce the administrative burdens on our researchers and make it easier for them to access and monitor their research activity and information. Sample transformative projects include:
(1) High Speed Network. In collaboration with Enterprise IT, HPC IT, conceptualized, designed, and created the Bioscience Connecticut Research Network (BCTRN) to support high performance computing (HPC) and high speed (100GB) connectivity between UConn Storrs and UConn Health and other institution on Internet II.
(2) Enterprise Research Administration, including online grant management, human subject protocol submission and management, animal subject protocol submission and management, animal care facility management, effort reporting & commitment, environmental health & safety training and inspections, financial conflict of interest, and cross-campus data harmonization and analytics.
(3) Comprehensive Faculty Activity Registry is a homegrown application created to enable faculty to manage their CVs centrally. The system covers all aspects of an academic CV (education, teaching, pubs, grants, biography, membership on committees and professional/scientific organizations, etc.). The system enables faculty to generate a Biosketch specifically formatted for NIH grants; (2) a faculty/physician/dentist directories (http://facultydirectoty.uchc.edu/, http://uconndocs.uchc.edu/) and (3) a template to generate the SOM's annual merit plan (AMP).