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Evidence-Based Services - Research Informatics Consult Service

The Research Informatics Consult Service (RICS) is an information service open to all members of the VUMC research community. The purpose of the RICS program is to provide proactive, targeted information services for VUMC researchers delivered at the point of need. RICS services include training, grant assistance, access to electronic resources, database searching and information filtering. Expert assistance is available for bibliographic databases, full text resources, and molecular biology databases and software tools. Individual and group consultations are available with experienced information specialists. Knowledge Management information specialists can also provide assistance with comprehensive literature reviews is available to researchers developing IRB protocols and to IRB protocol analysts.

To support Vanderbilt's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the KM team provides expert training and consultation for requests referred from the Office of Research and the StarBRITE: Biomedical Research Integration, Translation and Education online system, a one-stop shop for VMC researchers in need of regulatory, study design, biostatistics, technology, or other support. Past projects have included location of data on known single nucleotide polymorphisms (from dbSNP, OMIM, HGVbaseG2P, and other databases) detected via Vanderbilt's DNA Databank.

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BioSearchDoc is the Eskind Biomedical Library's assistance service for biological/bioinformatics database search strategy assistance and advice (such as training/assistance with OMIM, dbSNP and other genetic variation sources, and structure resources), and other information services for Vanderbilt researchers related to genetics, personalized medicine, and CTSA efforts.

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For more information, contact Helen Naylor.