Informatics Research Seminar: The caBIG CTMS Knowledge Center– Clinical Research Informatics Support Finds a Home

April 15 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speakers:  Robert Annechiarico & Mohammad Farid, MS


This presentation describes the basic framework of the CTMS Knowledge Center and the Enterprise Support Network, which offers a variety of integrated solutions and standards developed through the caBIG® program for adoption by the larger research community. Software, bundled in the caBIG® Clinical Trials Suite v.1.1, includes: Cancer Central Clinical Participant Registry, cancer Adverse Event Reporting System, Patient Study Calendar, caXchange, Labviewer and the Cancer Central Clinical Database Connector, with more to come. The presentation will provide a snapshot of the first full year of the project, detailing NCI’s deployment efforts, including challenges and lessons learned, as well as how community members can learn more about caBIG® CTMS tools. In addition, we will describe the local implementation of some of the caBIG® tools within the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as future plans.


(with introduction to caBIG from Dr. Edward Helton, Associate Director, Clinical Trials Programs and Products, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, NIH/NCI ,USDHHS) Robert Annechiarico.
In his 30th year of clinical research, Mr. Annechiarico heads the Cancer Center Information Systems (CCIS) Shared Resource at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center (DCCC). In early 2005, Mr. Annechiarico was recruited to Duke from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he was the Director of Medical Research Informatics for the Division of Clinical Research. He has over twenty-seven years of experience in the conduct of a wide variety of clinical trials (drug and device) and has directed clinical research computing operations at The Cleveland Clinic (2000-2005), Wake Forest University (1992-2000), and the University of Rochester (1979-1992). ). In May 2008, Mr. Annechiarico was awarded the 5-year NCI contract to direct the new caBIG Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS) Knowledge Center. He is also involved in a variety of other cancer research programs in Brain, Breast and Hyperthermia, just to name a few.

Starting as a developer for Clinical Trials Application System, Mohammad Farid has worked in different roles in past 15 years of his career. He worked as Systems Analyst on various clinical trials and also fulfilled the role of a Database Administrator at Cleveland Clinical Foundation. At Duke University Medical Center, Cancer Center Information Systems (CCIS), he was responsible for establishing the primary Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) for the Department. Currently he is the Operations Manager for the Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS) Knowledge Center, which provides support for seven different applications with more to be added in the near future. He received his MS in Computing and Information Science from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and is currently working on his Masters in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School.