Dr. Michael Kurilla, NCATS director of the division of clinical innovation, emphasized the strength and capabilities of regional networks like UC BRAID.
John Stobo, MD, outgoing Executive Vice President (EVP) of UC Health, highlighted BRAID’s achievements, notably the development of UC ReX, a data warehouse which demonstrated how the five universities could collaboratively build a robust repository of de-identified patient data. UC ReX paved the way for the development of the Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network with its 40 million de-identified patient records and the UC Health Data Warehouse, now available to researchers across the UC system.
Carrie Byington, MD, new EVP of UC Health, noted the tremendous opportunity UC BRAID and the UC CTSAs have to strengthen the unique brand for the UC system. “[UC Health] has the academic health centers to provide excellent health care and maintain a commitment to discovery,” she noted, referring to UC BRAID as a ‘shining example of systemness’.
From left: Steven Dubinett (UCLA), Dan Cooper (UC Irvine), Vincetta "Kitty" Lombardo (UC Davis), Theodore Wun (UC Davis), Andria Pontello (UC Irvine), Carmela Lomonaco (UCSF), Anne Skinner (UCLA), Harold Collard (UCSF). Laurie Herraiz (BRAID), Gary Firestein (UCSD) and Eric Mah (BRAID).
Charles Friedman, PhD, from University of Michigan delivered the keynote presentation on the Learning Health System. Considering how UC BRAID could move the process along in the UC Health system, he said we could address gaps with the “identification of priorities, alignment of timelines and support of resources.” As his Tuesday talk outlined, the UC engaging a learning health system would allow for a “virtuous cycle” in which the biomedical research enterprise and health care system collaborate seamlessly to continually improve health.
Dan Cooper, MD, UC BRAID Chair, summed up the potential that came from the retreat by saying “This year, UC BRAID has fully embraced UC’s guiding principle, Fiat Lux. We are embarked on a transformative journey for clinical research that harnesses the unparalleled talent and creative genius of this great university. Our goal is simple: to support novel clinical research that tackles the toughest biomedical problems and improves health for all the people of our diverse state and beyond.”
Original article available on the BRAID website.