United States

University of Arkansas (UAMS/TCIA)

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas is the state’s only health sciences university, with five health-related colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Health Professions), a graduate school, and a state-wide network of eight regional centers that house family practice training programs and provide medical care to rural populations. The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world through research, education and state-of-the-art healthcare delivery. Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) facilitates UAMS’ focus on advanced informatics and analytics as the basis of 21st century biomedical and translational research. DBMI’s twenty-nine primary and eleven secondary faculty are engaged in collaborative informatics research from the molecular scale to human populations. DBMI researchers created and continually enhance the US National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA), a Data Sharing Repository, which supports a global research community with open access imaging data.

Role in the project

UAMS/TCIA leads WP4 that will define and implement the methods for data anonymisation, curation, annotation and enhancement. UAMS also contributes to WP3 for achieving interoperability between TCIA and EuCanImage, and linking TCIA as one of the nodes of EuCanImage. Importantly, UAMS provides guidance and advice in all relevant WPs based on accumulated experience in TCIA.