In April 2017 the CRCU relocated from its longtime 3535 Market street offices to the fifth floor of Blockley Hall, where it shares approximately 7663 square feet with the BAC and the Biostatistics PhD program. This space also includes a special document handling area available for processing large volume copying, scanning, and document mailing and postage activities normally associated with large-scale, multi-center clinical trial projects.
The CRCU computing environment is administered by PMACS and consists of leading edge technologies commercially available. All technologies used by the CRCU are production quality and fully supported by the respective vendors. This ensures that the most current vendor supported technologies are used for any project.
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.