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Core Services

Data Management

The Data Management Section in the Department of Public Health Sciences consists of a group of professionals providing expertise in the collection, processing, and management of clinical research data to ensure quality data. This group is providing data management services for many clinical research projects within Penn State College of Medicine, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, and Penn State’s main campus at University Park.

The Data Management Section is responsible for all data management activities as part of the data coordinating centers (DCC) for three large multi-center clinical research networks established by the National Institutes of Health:

The Data Management section is also the data coordination and analyses center (DCAC) for:

  • Community and Child Health Network (CCHN).

The Data Management Section provides the following services to clinical researchers:

  • Consult with researchers during the grant application process by developing a data management plan and identifying resources that are appropriate for the research project.
  • Design forms to facilitate the collection and tracking of data, subjects, study drugs, biological specimens, and study procedures.
  • Design database management system applications for data processing such as data entry, verification and validation of data, error identification, and data edits.
  • Perform all data processing tasks such as entering data, verifying data, identifying problem data, generating queries to clinical staff, editing data, preparing data for statistical analysis, tracking subject recruitment and accrual, and tracking protocol violations.
  • Plan and implement data quality audits, including clinical center site visits.
  • Train research staff in how to perform data processing tasks.

For more information about these services, contact Rosanne Pogash at or 717-531-7178.


Research Computing Services

The Research Computing Section in the Department of Public Health Sciences consists of two groups of information technology professionals, an applications group and a networking and systems administration group. Research Computing supports the research and education missions of the Department of Public Health Sciences and the College of Medicine.

The Research Computing Section provides computer support to the data coordinating center (DCC) activities for three large multi-center clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

This section also supports the data coordination and analyses center (DCAC) for:

  • Community and Child Health Network (CCHN).

Within the department, the network is a hybrid of Windows 2000 and Solaris Unix operating systems. The department has three Sun Enterprise level servers to support the department’s computing requirements.

The applications group designs and authors several database applications constructed to collect clinical trial information and provides numerous services to to meet the database development needs of a variety of clients. The group has experience in database development in Oracle, SQL, MySQL and Access and will work with individuals to design and deploy a database application suitable for the customer’s needs. In addition to database applications the group maintains over eight different web sites in support of the College of Medicine and several clinical trials. Departments or personnel with research projects are encouraged to contact the Research Computing Manager for further details.

The network and systems administration section maintains the local area network within the department and also has a national network role that resides within the DCC function of Public Health Sciences. In addition, the network group provides helpdesk support within the department, and also to the General Clinical Research Center.

For more information about these services, contact Steve Brown at or 717-531-7178.

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