Welcome to the Center for Research Informatics

Since 2011, the CRI has provided the Biological Sciences Division with computing resources, services, and expertise to enable world-class research.

We offer state-of-the-art technologies for working with clinical, translational, and basic science data – from acquisition and storage to analysis and sharing. Our resources are secure, standards-compliant, and open to all members of the BSD. We take pride in being research collaborators who can work with you through all the stages of a project.

In addition, we support research and education in the field of informatics. We work with the Institute for Translational Medicine and other partners on joint initiatives, and we are strong advocates for informatics within our research communities.

We hope you’ll take a look around, learn more about what we can do, and consider making the CRI your research partner. If you have any questions or want to talk more about a project, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


CRI Responding to Heartbleed Security Vulnerability
On April 7, information was released about a major security vulnerability called ”Heartbleed.” This vulnerability has been estimated to affect about 66% of secure web traffic and can allow attackers to steal logins, passwords, and more from website communication that we all assumed to be safe. The CRI has taken steps to make our systems secure. For more information on the CRI’s response and how you can protect yourself, see our message to users.

Faculty Technology Day
On Wednesday, April 16, the CRI will participate in the 5th annual Faculty Technology Day, a one-day mini-conference organized by the Umbrella Initiative. The event includes a keynote, plenary panel, and afternoon break-out sessions on a variety of topics in technology, as well as a poster session. Learn more about Faculty Technology Day and sign up for sessions that interest you here.

Change in Access for Ingenuity Pathway Analysis
Due to an increase in the cost of Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) licenses, the CRI will no longer be able to offer access to IPA after March 31, 2014. However, clients of the CRI’s Bioinformatics Core will still be able to review and explore IPA results produced by the Core. If you have any questions, please contact us at bioinformatics@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Annual Report
The CRI’s Annual Report is now available online. Browse to see our accomplishments of 2012-13, spotlights on some of the most interesting research facilitated by our resources and staff expertise, and our plans for the coming year.

CRDW Office Hours
Beginning November 15, the CRI is introducing weekly Friday morning office hours with CRDW staff. Schedule a time slot to work on a data request, discover what data is available for your research, or discuss the status of a current request. For more information, click here.