Dr. Khamis Abu-Hasaballah is Assistant Vice President for Research Informatics in the Department of Information (IT), Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, and Director of the Research Informatics Core. He’s leading the implementation of a 21st century Research IT strategy – aimed at automating and integrating research administration information systems and providing the infrastructure and tools necessary to meet the unique requirements of 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 developed the newly established 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 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.
We provide a number of informatics products and services, including:
(1) Databases and Web-based Survey Design and Support.
We have implemented the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) software application for secure, web-based electronic data capture (EDC) and storage of research data. Read all about REDCap and its capabilities.
(2) Java & FileMaker Application Development.
We provide programming services for creating scientific programs, scripts, and tools for data acquisition and analysis using Java and other open-sources platforms. We also provide FileMaker programming for creating operational and business applications.
(3) Secure File Transfer Protocol (sFTP).
We have implemented a robust, commercial solution to meet the need of the Health Center community to exchange files securely within and out of the organization. The system supports file sizes up to 20 GB, which can be increased if necessary.
We provide consultative services relating to informatics and information systems. We collaborate with investigators on authoring data sharing plans, computer system configuration and pricing, and other aspects of a research grant proposal.
(5) Created STARR (Study and Recruitment Registry)
to facilitate recruitment of participants into clinical research studies by publishing a list of active clinical studies and allowing members of the public to view and self-enroll for later contact by clinical investigators for potential participation in their studies. STARR can be access at http://ClinicalTrials.uchc.edu/
. Also, click here
to see the latest article on STARR in the UConn Today.
(6) Completed implementation of Phase I of CFAR (Comprehensive Faculty Activity Registry).
CFAR (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.). Wherever possible, data are extracted from university enterprise systems (Human Resources and Finance) and national databases (PubMed, Scopus, NSF, and NIH ExPorter) and uploaded to CFAR regularly. For example, manuscript publications are updated monthly whereas grants are updated weekly.
CFAR has been designed primarily for faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine at the Health Center, but can equally be utilized by staff, and non-paid and community-based faculty from partner institutions. In the recently completed phase I of development we focused on creating the data entry screens, seeding the system with available data, and created these productivity tools:
(1) an interactive tool to generate a Biosketch specifically formatted for NIH grants;
(2) a standard, template website for faculty biography (this webpage is generated by CFAR!) ; and
(3) a template to generate the SOM's annual merit plan (AMP).
Phase II will focus on additional reports and productivity tools, including:
(1) an interactive tool for generating different formats of the CV for personal use;
(2) automating the Annual Merit Plan process;
(3) folding in the UCHC Physicians’ Directory;
(4) a web-based researcher networking tool to allow faculty to search for scientists based on academic interest, specialty, and research; and,
(5) a tool for departments to generate reports on their faculty.