Our goal is to assist University of Chicago investigators and research staff with medical imaging performed on human subjects for research purposes. This includes the acquisition, analysis, collection, anonymization and distribution of image data. We also provide access to and support for the University's Broker Systems, which allow investigators to obtain HIPAA- and IRB-compliant clinical research data. Our website is meant to serve as a complete portal, or "one stop shop," for biomedical researchers to learn about the University's research policies and to provide access to the various resources that researchers can use to obtain compliant clinical data.
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Paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Professor Paul Sereno published a groundbreaking article in the journal Science in September detailing a new skeleton of Spinosaurus, the largest known predatory dinosaur. To assist with their examination of the skeleton, Drs. Ibrahim and Sereno enlisted the help of radiologist Christopher Straus, M.D. and the Human Imaging Research Office to perform extremely detailed high-resolution CT scans of their fossilized specimens.
An article focusing on research data privacy and security is featured in the March 2011 edition of RSNA News. The article, entitled "Education, Infrastructure Key to Information Security," examines a recently discovered security breach at UNC and the subsequent demotion of a well-known investigator. The article includes an interview with Paul J. Chang, MD and it discusses the need for better investigator education as well as the need for greater institutional support and infrastructure. The HIRO is highlighted as one of the University of Chicago's answers to these important issues. To read the article, please click here.