A sustainable infrastructure for translational biomedical research
Translational research produces enormous datasets distributed over different research laboratories and clinics. It requires seamless integration and exchange of large amounts of data. To address the informatics challenges in translational research, the (TraIT) project was launched in October 2011. It has matured to become one of the cornerstones of Health-RI.
TraIT has been supporting over 475 research projects spanning almost 4000 individual researchers by
- Facilitating the collection, storage, analysis, and archiving of data generated in these biomedical research projects.
- Enabling integration and querying of information across the four major domains of translational research: clinical, imaging, biobanking and experimental (any-omics) with a particular focus on the needs of multi-center projects.
- Enabling scientists within multi-site projects to share and disseminate data and analyses from these domains in the TraIT translational research space.
- Providing proven technology that could be adopted or adapted to the specific needs of translational research projects, rather than embarking on large-scale software development projects.
- Offering medical researchers training & support in using the software tools and work with the data efficiently.
The TraIT organisation
TraIT is organized as a public-private partnership. The project started as an initiative from Lygature. At the end of 2016, the TraIT Foundation (Stichting TraIT) was formed. The TraIT project grew from 11 partners to 32 participating organisations including all Dutch University Medical Centers, charities such as the Dutch Cancer and Heart Foundations, and a variety of private partners.
The services, procedures and support organization built up in the TraIT project has become an integral part of Health-RI. The final TraIT project, the KWF TraIT2Health-RI project, will finish in the course of 2020. By that time all TraIT remaining services should have been migrated to Health-RI.