ACH Research Institute Awarded $3.3 Million

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The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute has been awarded $3.3 million over two years to lead an open source information management system consortium for six National Children’s Study centers.

In addition to the Arkansas Study Center at Children’s, six other national children study centers nationwide were selected to participate: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; University of California at Davis; University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.; University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, and Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.

ACHRI represents a collaboration between Children’s and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. ACHRI researcher Charlotte Hobbs will be the principal investigator for the Arkansas Study Center’s efforts in the consortium. The Arkansas Study Center is led by William Hogan and Umit Topaloglu.

The National Children’s Study is the largest long-term study of children’s health ever conducted in the United States, and according to a news release “will follow more than 100,000 children from before birth to age 21 to learn how the environment influences children’s health, development and quality of life.”

The NCS Benton County Study Site located in Rogers is the only site in Arkansas chosen to participate in the national study and is funded by a contract through ACHRI in partnership with UAMS.

“I am very pleased that Drs. Hogan and Topaloglu’s work has been recognized at a national level within the National Children’s Study,” Hobbs said in a news release. “This contract award is an opportunity to build the capacity of UAMS’s information management systems and extend the use of open source information management systems within the National Children’s Study.”

The Arkansas Study Center will serve as the IMS hub, utilizing the comprehensive research informatics system developed by Hogan and Topaloglu.