As neuroimaging research continues to grow, dynamic neuroinformatics systems are necessary to store, retrieve, mine, and share the massive amounts of data. The Collaborative Informatics and Neuroimaging Suite (COINS) has been created to facilitate communication and cultivate a data community. This web-based neuroimaging and neuropsychology software suite offers versatile, automatable data upload/import/entry options, rapid and secure sharing of data among PIs, querying and export all data, real-time reporting, and HIPAA and IRB compliant study-management tools suitable to large institutions as well as smaller scale neuroscience and neuropsychology researchers.
Clinical assessments, questionnaires and psychological measures data is stored in a secure, reliable centralized database. New data may be added to the database through subject-entry (including at home / off-site entry), dual-entry verified data entry, offline-capable tablet, or direct import. The COINS suite already hosts a variety of common clinical instruments which can be shared with new studies.
Scans and other neuroimages are stored on hard-disc at the scanner’s location, and may be backed up to a centralized storage facility as well. Information about each scan session is stored in the centralized database for easy querying and progress reporting. This system allows COINS to adapt to new institutions, as well as those with existing image storage techniques. Current scan modalities include fMRI, MRI, EEG, ERP, and MEG. Adding new modalities is a welcome and simple process.
Subject information is also stored in the secure, centralized database, and is easily managed in a HIPAA and IRB compliant manner. Unique Research Study Identifiers (URSIs) are used to identify subjects when displayed along with assessment or scan data.
All data is easily exported to standard formats for processing in familiar applications such as SPSS, Excel, R, Matlab and more.
MRN is dedicated to the idea of sharing data within the research community for ongoing analyses and innovative re-use. We will be making de-identified neuroimaging datasets with associated clinical-data, cognitive-data, and associated meta-data available as studies are finished. Subsets of data may be available prior to full public access.
COINS manages over 180 studies and their data at the Mind Research Network, the Nathan Kline Institute, University of Colorado – Boulder, the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center @ Hartford Hospital, and other sites. COINS is developed by a talented and dynamic team that is excited to evolve the tools as the neuroimaging field grows.
More information about COINS can be found on NITRC.org
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