UCSF Open Proposals, UC TrialQuest Win UC’s Highest Technology Award

By Nooshin Latour

Anirvan Chatterjee, Nathan Buscher, Rachael Sak, and Oksana Gologorskaya pose for a photo
UCSF staff and faculty members (from left) Anirvan Chatterjee; Nate Buscher; Rachael Sak, RN, MPH; and Oksana Gologorskaya accepted the 2016 Larry L. Sautter Awards at the UC Computing Services Conference.

Two UC San Francisco-affiliated projects received top honors in the 2016 University of California’s 2016 Larry L. Sautter Awards for information. 

Open Proposals and UC Trial Quest received Golden Awards, which recognize the most innovative projects across the UC system.

The Larry L. Sautter Awards program selects projects using information technology to make university operations more effective and efficient and to better serve faculty, staff, students and patients. The UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s (CTSI) Research Technology team led the technical development of both products.

Open Proposals is an online platform for open innovation that was designed for academics. It allows researchers, administrators, students and other academic community members to share and discuss proposals and projects through an open, online forum before submitting them for final review.

“Originally used by CTSI to get collective feedback on our strategic direction, Open Proposals has now hosted 40 discussion forums on campus,” said Leslie Yuan, MPH, chief information officer and director of CTSI’s Research Technology team. “The platform has also been used externally by UC Merced, Harvard and has received interest from academic institutions and nonprofits across the country.”

UC TrialQuest, a database of IRB-approved clinical trials across the five-UC health campuses, was developed by the University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID) – a network of UC’s five medical campuses dedicated to leveraging resources and reducing barriers to improve clinical and translational research. UCSF’s CTSI provided critical technology development resources for the project. TrialQuest 2.0 launches in August 2016.

“This platform of open collaboration can help spawn other new and highly-integrated uses of data across UC,” said Rachael Sak, RN, MPH, director of UC BRAID. “UC BRAID has laid the foundation for sharing information such as these IRB-approved clinical trials.”

Tom Andriola, chief information officer for the University of California, announced the awards on July 12 at the UC Computing Services Conference held this year at UC Santa Cruz.

The full list of the 2016 Larry L. Sautter Awards is available on the University of California’s website.

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