Pan-Neurotrauma Data Commons

Project: Research project

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PROJECT SUMMARY/ABSTRACT Trauma to the central nervous system (CNS: spinal cord and brain) together affect more than 2.5 million people per year in the US, with economic costs of $80 billion in healthcare and loss-of-productivity. Yet, the precise pathophysiological processes impairing recovery remain poorly understood. This lack of knowledge is exacerbated by poor reproducibility of findings in animal models and limits translation of therapeutics across species and into humans. Part of the problem is that neurotrauma is intrinsically complex, involving heterogeneous damage to the central nervous system (CNS), by far the most complex organ system in the body. This results in a multifaceted CNS syndrome reflected across heterogeneous endpoints and multiple scales of analysis. Multi-scale heterogeneity makes traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) difficult to understand using traditional analytical approaches that focus on a single endpoint for testing therapeutic efficacy. Single endpoint-testing provides a narrow window into the complex system of changes that describe SCI and TBI. Understanding these disorders involves managing datasets that include high volume anatomy data, high velocity physiology decision-support data, the high variety functional/behavioral data, and assessing correlations among these endpoints. In this sense, neurotrauma is fundamentally a data management problem that involves the classic ?3Vs of big data? (volume, velocity, variety). Of these, variety is perhaps the greatest data challenge in neurotrauma research for reproducibility in basic discovery, cross-species translation, and ultimately clinical implementation. For the proposed Data Repositories Cooperative Agreement (U24) we will build on our prior work managing data variety in the Open Data Commons for SCI ( and TBI ( to make neurotrauma data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). The milestone-driven aims will: 1) further develop and harden our data lifecycle management system with end-to-end data version control and provenance tracking, data certification, and data citation; 2) develop in-cloud data dashboards and visualizations to monitor data quality and to promote data reuse, exploration, and hypothesis generation; 3) establish a pan- neurotrauma (PANORAUMA) data commons that brings together separate data assets currently supported by our multi-PI (MPI) team by aligning a patchwork of governance structures and policies. The goal of the proposed project is to develop a pooled repository for preclinical discovery, reproducibility testing, and translational discovery both within and across neurotrauma types. Our team is well-positioned to execute this project given that we developed some of the largest multicenter, multispecies neurotrauma data repositories of neurotrauma to-date (N>10,000 subjects 20,000 curated variables); the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF); data terminologies and standards for these fields (MIASCI, NIFSTD); and policy work with the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF). The PANORAUMA cooperative agreement is highly responsive to PAR-20-089, leveraging early successes in SCI and TBI data sharing to improve quality and sustainability.
Effective start/end date9/1/218/31/22


  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: $770,022.00


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