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CD2H: A National Center for Digital Health Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Dear CTSA Program Community,

We are pleased to announce that the CTSA Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H) has been awarded to Oregon Health & Science University, Northwestern University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks, together with The Scripps Research Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, The University of Iowa, and The Jackson Laboratory. The new CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health will be established with a $25M award over 5 years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (Grant U24TR002306).

The CD2H will be tasked with several priorities to support a vibrant and evolving informatics ecosystem, including: support and enhancement of a collaborative informatics community; development of Good Data Practices (GDP); promotion of software standards for interoperability; growth of collaborative innovation across informatics tools, methods, and processes; advancement of cutting edge biomedical research informatics; data science education for CTSA Program researchers; and novel methods and tools for the evaluation of the impact of these activities to enhance health care through data and informatics.

The newly created center will focus on creating and harnessing an ecosystem for translational scientists to discover and share their software, data, and other research resources within the CTSA Program network. The CD2H also creates a social coding environment for translational science institutions, leveraging the community-driven DREAM challenges as a mechanism to stimulate innovation. Collaborative innovation also serves as a strong foundation to support mechanisms to facilitate training, engagement, scholarly dissemination, and impact across the CTSA Program hubs and beyond. The center PIs will look forward to working with the Informatics Domain Task Force and will participate in the Fall CTSA Program Meeting next month in Washington, DC. The CD2H will work closely with the CTSA Program Coordinating Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) and with NCATS to launch their program and welcomes feedback from CTSA Program hubs as they do so.

The new CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health will be led by Dr. Melissa Haendel (OHSU), Dr. Kristi Holmes (Northwestern University), Dr. Sean Mooney (University of Washington), Dr. Christopher Chute (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), and John Wilbanks (Sage Bionetworks).

Please join us in congratulating the new CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health!