New bioinformatics services for all OHSU investigators available

Fee-for-service bioinformatics support, focused on next-generation sequencing, became available to all OHSU investigators on July 1, 2017.

This interim bioinformatics service will provide additional capacity and will complement the existing Oregon National Primate Research Center bioinformatics service core, which is primarily dedicated to ONPRC investigators, as well as the bioinformatics services provided for Knight Cardiovascular Institute Epigenetics Consortium members.

Investigators will have two new tiers of bioinformatics service available to them: (1) flat-fee based QA/QC and alignment, and (2) hourly rate analytical support. In addition, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) Translational Bioinformatics Program will provide consultations regarding experimental design, data management and dissemination free of charge for FY18.

In order to assess the growing needs of OHSU investigators, the OCTRI Translational Bioinformatics Program will provide a unified point of contact and will connect investigators with available faculty collaborators from across campus for other bioinformatics needs (imaging, proteomics, immunophenotyping, natural language processing, etc.). Available collaborators are found in the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, the OCTRI Biostatistics and Design Program (BDP), the OCTRI Research Data Warehouse, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Biostatistics, the Knight Cancer Institute Biostatistics Shared Resource, and other OHSU units.

The data collected by OCTRI Translational Bioinformatics Program and the MPSSR on support requests and utilization of these services will be critical to guide the university in the expansion of existing cores as well as the development of new ones. In particular, these data will help us restart a new bioinformatics core for OHSU if the demand shows its necessity.

This fee-for-service bioinformatics support has been made possible by a partnership between the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, the University Shared Resources (USR) program, the OCTRI Translational Bioinformatics Program, the Integrated Genomics Laboratory’s Massively Parallel Sequencing Shared Resource (MPSSR) and the Advanced Computing Center (ACC).

For a free consultation or to request analytical support, please submit a service request. MPSSR users will also be able to request services when they initiate projects via the MPSSR’s online form at the OHSU iLab portal.