Towards a translational medical research ecosystem
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In this paper we introduce a novel design for a translational medical research ecosystem. Translational medical research is an emerging field of work, which aims to bridge the gap between basic medical science research and clinical research/patient care. We analyze the key challenges of digital ecosystems for translational research, based on real world scenarios posed by the Lab for Translational Research at the Harvard Medical School and the Genomics Research Centre of the Griffith University, and show how traditional IT approaches fail to fulfill these challenges. We then introduce our design for a translational research ecosystem. Several key contributions are made: A novel approach to managing ad-hoc research ecosystems is introduced; a new security approach for translational research is proposed which allows each participating site to retain control over its data and define its own policies to ensure legal and ethical compliance; and a design for a novel interactive access control framework which allows users to easily share data, while adhering to their organization's policies is presented.
Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (IEEE DEST 2011)
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