MSU Data Coordinating Center

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					                    MSU Data Coordinating Center (DCC):
   The DCC became operational in July of 2001. The DDC’s primary mission
is to enhance the quality and efficiency of clinical research by MSU
Investigators in the Colleges of Human Medicine, Natural Sciences, Nursing,
and Osteopathic Medicine. The DCC also seeks to strengthen ties between
the Colleges and their state-wide networks of teaching and clinical sites by
helping to involve those sites in clinical research.
   The specific functions of the Data Coordinating Center include:
    providing assistance in areas of study design, protocol development,
      and planning for data collection and analysis
    assisting investigators with those aspects of study design, institutional
      review board and other administrative approvals, and procedures for
      initial contact with patients, that relate to specific organizations from
      which patients are to be recruited
    managing the process of patient identification and recruitment,
      randomization to study arms, documentation of informed consent, and
      study participant follow-up
    developing and maintaining study databases
    developing procedures to maintain accuracy, completeness, and
      confidentiality of data
    supporting data collection for study participants (can include mailed
      surveys, interviews, medical records reviews, or analysis of existing
      administrative or other electronic data sets)
    developing and maintaining web-based and other processes for secure
      data transmission between remote study sites and DCC
    developing training manuals and conducting training sessions for on-
      site data collection staff and study coordinators
    collecting statistics on patient accrual and follow-up for interim and
      final reports
    preparing data sets that are “cleaned” and ready for statistical analysis
    creating and maintaining backup data sets to prevent loss of study
      data
    conducting statistical analyses
   The full-time Director of DCC, Dr. Mohammad Rahbar, is an experienced
investigator, with a Ph.D. in Statistics. The staff of the DCC is organized into
three functional groups: biostatistics; programming/data management; and
data collection. Many of the DCC staff holds joint appointments with the
Departments of Epidemiology or Statistics in order to assure continued
professional development.
   The DCC occupies approximately 2,400 square feet of office space in
Conrad Hall on the MSU campus. File servers are maintained by the MSU
Health Team information services staff; files are automatically backed up
each night and stored in remote locations to prevent any accidental loss of
data.