A Letter from the CRIO

In February 2011, the Dean and Dean for Research and Graduate Education created the role of the BSD Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) with a charge of overseeing and directing research informatics efforts across the BSD.

The Office of the CRIO first consolidated existing informatics activities in the BSD into the Center for Research Informatics (CRI). The CRI has set up a Clinical Research Data Warehouse, Bioinformatics Core, and robust computing resources available to all BSD researchers, among other important projects.

The Office of the CRIO has also set up a governance structure, bringing together BSD and UCM leadership and experts in information systems, patient privacy, and a variety of research fields to guide us in making long-term decisions that serve the BSD’s researchers, comply with all relevant laws and policies, and protect patients’ data.

In addition, the Office of the CRIO has supported initiatives such as setting up a secure and compliant infrastructure so that researchers can more quickly and easily analyze large-scale genomic datasets.

As we move forward and continue to grow, it is important that we hear from faculty so that we can provide the services, resources, and education that are important to you. I am interested in hearing from every BSD researcher to make sure that your needs are met. You can contact me directly or talk to any member of the BSD Informatics Oversight Committee.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Robert Grossman, PhD
Chief Research Informatics Officer
Professor of Medicine, Section of Genetic Medicine
Director of Informatics for the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
Senior Fellow, Computation Institute