Clinical Research Computing Unit

CRCU Resources

CRCU Resources


The CRCU is housed in approximately 7,500 square feet of space on the 5th floor of the 3535 Market Street building. The Market Street space is configured to encourage collaborative project team activities. This 5th floor area also provides two conference rooms equipped with appropriate A/V technologies supporting computerized demonstration and presentation techniques. Large central-file areas have also been strategically located and designed to accommodate the movement and storage of case report forms, manuals of operations, and clinical data management materials and documents. A special document handling area is available for processing large volume copying, scanning, and document mailing and postage activities normally associated with large-scale, multi-center clinical trial projects.

Research Informatics Tools & Resources

Oracle Clinical – A CFR Part 11 compliant clinical data management tool used by leading pharmaceutical companies and CROs to manage clinical trials data. The CRCU maintains and employs this software for regulated studies where remote data capture from multiple clinical sites is required.

Oracle Development Suite – A set of database and programming tools used to create customized solutions for data management, reporting, and workflow control.

REDCap – A clinical trial data entry and reporting tool that is hosted by the Perelman School of Medicine. The CRCU uses this tool and also provides technical support for all REDCap users in the Perelman School of Medicine.

Velos – A clinical trials management tool managed by the Abramson Cancer Center. The CRCU works with this tool for studies conducted by Cancer Center investigators.

PENN Data Store – A research repository of clinical data maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Health System. This repository contains demographics, health history, diagnosis, lab results, and healthcare data that the CRCU can draw from in support of Penn based trials.

NIH Data Repository – The NIH maintains a repository of specimens and clinical trials data for projects sponsored by member institutes. The CRCU works with Penn investigators to comply with NIH data sharing requirements and to transfer study data to the repository as contracted.

Webinar Technology – Web conferencing technology provides an efficient, personalized interaction with project collaborators. The CRCU uses web conferencing for times where interactive illustration is vital for effective communication. 

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About CRCU

The CRCU provides expertise in project management, data coordination and research computing tailored to meet your project requirements.