Stanford joins the University of California BRAID health-research alliance

Mark Cullen
Mark Cullen

Stanford has joined five University of California campuses in a consortium dedicated to removing administrative barriers to sharing research resources, talent, productivity tools and bioinformatics expertise.

Leaders of the consortium say that by making it easier for research teams to leverage specialized resources and experts across member institutions, overhead costs can be reduced and health care projects can move forward at a more rapid pace, benefiting Californians and the nation at large.

This consortium, launched in 2010 by the University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development program, called UC BRAID, began with five University of California campuses: Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Since then, UC BRAID has developed several ways to streamline research processes, including UC ReX Data Explorer, a secure, online system that enables cross-institution access to clinical data from millions of de-identified patient records.

Stanford, the newest member of the consortium, will join new and ongoing efforts to develop tools that help researchers recruit study participants, improve interactions with health care industry partners and speed regulatory approvals.

MARK CULLEN, co-director of Spectrum (the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education) and director of the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences, said he is excited about the research potential to improve care for millions of patients across the state.

“The rich diversity of California’s population will enable us to develop more effective prevention programs and treatments that are precisely targeted to populations according to age, sex and race,” Cullen said.

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