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London hospital selects informatics platform

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Barts and The London NHS Trust has selected IDBS as its translational research informatics platform for data analysis and visualisation to support cardiovascular biomedical research. Barts will use IDBS' InforSense Suite to better understand the causes of cardiovascular disease and develop better treatment therapies.

The InforSense Suite is a secure web-based data integration, analysis, and visualisation system that enables researchers to navigate and understand large amounts of data quickly. It is the leading solution for combining genetic data such as genome-wide association studies with clinical data such as patient medical history and image data such as CT or MRI scans. Researchers are able to quickly and intuitively select subject cohorts for translational research studies using ClinicalSense, part of the InforSense Suite, and then link seamlessly to data analysis and annotation.

'The Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Barts aims to understand the basic underlying pathogenic mechanisms associated with vascular diseases, e.g., atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes,' said Professor Anthony Mathur, consultant cardiologist at Barts and The London NHS Trust. 'After a lengthy evaluation of all the organisations in this space, IDBS came out top of our procurement analysis.'

The project was made possible through a £5.45 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to Barts and The London's new Cardiovascular Bio-Medical Research Unit. This included funding for the bioinformatics system in line with the NIHR's goal to support outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, to conduct leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.