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The Center’s password-protected website serves as the gateway to the Facility Cores’ services and to information about community-based collaborations and projects. No information threatening the security or confidentiality of those participating in Center activities is posted publicly. We developed a web-based system of sharing Core leader and Center Member contact information (i.e., faculty web sites), research interests, and resources. As a service to funded pilot grants, we set up a password-protected site for within-group communication that generates an email to Ms Paupaw, Center Coordinator. She facilitates communication among Facility Cores involved in that project. For each request, the core leaders assign a faculty to respond to the Center Member within 2 working days. Requests that require more than 1 core result in the formation of a Translational Research Team that meets with the Center member as a group to discuss the project/request and how to coordinate services.
The Center website password protected portal maintains the list of clinical populations, with information from clinic directors, de-identified. This subcore has already assisted in a study of inflammatory bowel disease and tooth metals (led by Dr. Inga Peters, a new Center Member), as well as a study of schizophrenia and tooth metals led by Dr. Avi Reichenberg and Dr. Arora. Dr. Wilson facilitates meetings between Center Members and appropriate clinic directors and serves as a bridge at these meetings regarding services of the P30 Core Center Facility cores. A second feature of our Population Access Subcore is our large number of well-characterized, NIH funded longitudinal cohorts that can be leveraged by Center Members as platforms for transdisciplinary research. The Population Access Subcore not only facilitates access to clinical populations but has also collected all the data dictionaries for these cohorts, creating a platform through which Center Members can learn about cohort design, data collection, and biorepositories. Descriptions of our cohort resources, including lists of variables and biospecimens archived, are also available through the password protected Members portal of our website. This Subcore has been highly successful not only in generating new collaborative research projects but also in increasing usage of our Core Facilities.