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Data Management and Coordinating Center

The DMCC at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati is funded by the DRDRI at NCATS to facilitate Network operations, research, participant engagement, and data sharing.

Our Aims

Aim number one.

Advance the methods and the practice of rare disease clinical and translational research

Develop and maintain a leading-edge, shared knowledge base

Aim number three.

Increase collaboration and accelerate clinical trial readiness

Four Cores of the DMCC

Administrative Core

  • Overall coordination for the RDCRN and management of RDCRN activities, including all RDCRN committees
  • Oversight and coordination of all DMCC Cores
  • Support for Coalition of Patient Advocacy Group meetings

Clinical Research Core

  • Protocol development and management support and consultation
  • Biostatistics and study design support and consultation
  • Support in establishing single IRBs
  • Information and guidance for RDCRN members on trans-RDCRN rare disease research issues such as working with industry or navigating the regulatory process
  • Coordination of training issues that cut across topics relevant to multiple RDCRC sites for RDCRN trainees

Data Management Core

  • Management system for collection, storage, and quality control of Network-derived research data
  • A web-based platform that allows for real-time tracking of data quality and completeness and that facilitates remote monitoring
  • A portal and tools for research scientists and clinicians to access and manage their own data
  • A portal and tools to share information both within and outside of the RDCRN in a manner that meets all local, federal, and international human subjects protection, data safety and data sharing requirements
  • Cloud computing services and engineering support for facilitating computing and data services across the Network and to the broader research community

Engagement and Dissemination Core

  • A broad RDCRN outreach plan for the Network that extends to basic and clinical researchers, academic and practicing physicians, patients, and the general public
  • An internet-based web-portal to serve as a central access point to information generated by the RDCRCs

RDCRN Resources Maintained by the DMCC

The DMCC offers many resources to RDCRN members. Please see examples below. Contact with any questions.

The DMCC engages the consortia in developing high-quality human research protocols. Upon request by the investigators, the DMCC systematically reviews protocols and amendments before submission to the NIH, providing prompt feedback to the protocol principal investigator and to the NIH program officer.

Protocol resources include:

  • Guidance on using language from grant applications to develop human research protocols
  • Template protocols, including structured synopsis and schedule of events sections
  • Recommended language for informed consent documents, including text to communicate data sharing with the NIH and DMCC
  • Comprehensive review of protocol drafts, including regulatory aspects of protocol and informed consent, study design, aims, and data management and analysis plans
  • Training materials, including slide shows and video presentations
Learn about the RDCRN cloud environment


The RDCRN Cloud Environment consists of a variety of secure, web-based tools. RDCRN consortia can use these tools to assist with data management, analysis, communication, administration, and security. Consortia are responsible for all data stored in the Cloud, as well as access permissions. All tools in the Cloud can be accessed with the same single sign-on, which uses federated authentication with InCommon, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and By utilizing automated data flows, the Cloud seamlessly integrates data integrity, monitoring, reporting, storage, and analysis.

Tools include:

Data Management and Analysis

  • Ambra Imaging PlatformAmbra’s cloud-based platform enables medical image uploads as well as sharing via automated routing capabilities.
  • Biospecimen TrackerAllows users to view and track biosample shipments previously registered in a specially configured REDCap form.
  • BoxBox is a content management platform for all RDCRN members that allows users to store and share RDCRN files securely across institutions.
  • CavaticaCAVATICA is a data analysis and sharing platform designed to accelerate discovery in a scalable, cloud-based compute environment
  • ChironThe RDCRN Data Catalog utilizes a platform called Chiron to provide an easy to use cohort query tool.
  • ComplionComplion is an eRegulatory and document management platform for clinical research sites that helps study teams organize, standardize, store, access, and share regulatory documents.
  • JupyterHub—JupyterHub brings the power of notebooks to groups of users.
  • NIH ToolboxThe NIH Toolbox is a multidimensional set of brief measures assessing cognitive, emotional, motor and sensory function from ages 3 to 85, meeting the need for a standard set of measures that can be used as a “common currency” across diverse study designs and settings.
  • Pedigree Drawing ToolThe Pedigree Drawing Tool is an application for all RDCRN members used to create, view, and edit patient and family records.
  • REDCapREDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a web-based application for RDCRN members who are part of specific research protocols. It is used to capture data for clinical research, create surveys, and manage projects. 
  • RStudio—RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for the programming language R.
  • SAS StudioSAS Studio is a web browser-based programming environment for all RDCRN members that allows writing and running SAS code.

Utility, Communication, and Administration

  • Atlassian Tools
    • Confluence—Confluence is a team workspace for DMCC use where RDCRN documentation, resources, user guides, and FAQs for tools, solutions, and processes are shared.
    • DMCC Help CenterThe DMCC Help Center is an online knowledge hub for our IT services and support that includes FAQs, how-to articles, and a contact form to ask questions, request access, or report problems.
    • JIRA—JIRA is a project management tool for DMCC use that allows planning, tracking, and managing requests in the DMCC Help Center. It powers our web ticket and system access request systems.
  • Drupal—Drupal is a web content management system for DMCC use that powers the RDCRN website.
  • GitHub—GitHub is a development platform for DMCC use that hosts code and allows users to build software.
  • Grants PortalGrants Portal is a platform to allow RDCRN members to run their own grant competitions including pilot projects and research awards.
  • Mailchimp—Mailchimp is a marketing platform for DMCC use that allows users to create, send, and track emails. We use this for the Weekly Update and the Spotlight Newsletter.
  • Members Landing Page (MLB)The RDCRN Members Landing Pages provide information and links to different RDCRN resources at different levels: network-wide, at the consortium level and at the protocol level.
  • MoodleMoodle is an online learning platform for all RDCRN members that hosts training modules for clinical research protocols. Available modules can be accessed from the Member’s Landing Page.
  • Protocol DatabaseThe Protocol Database website allows RDCRN members to view basic details around all RDCRN protocols. Select Consortia members can make edits while others can request changes.
  • SlackSlack is a messaging platform for all RDCRN members that allows connection, collaboration, and interaction with other members.
  • StatusPageThe Status Page is a real-time status dashboard for all RDCRN members that shows notifications for upcoming maintenance and scheduled site outages.
  • Twilio Text MessagingTwilio is a text messaging-based communication tool available for any REDCap project that allows study teams to deliver SMS alerts, notifications, and reminders to research participants.
  • Vimeo—Vimeo is a platform for DMCC use that allows users to host and share video.
  • YouTube ChannelVideo sharing platform for RDCRN content.
  • ZoomZoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing.


  • Duo MFADuo is a two-factor authentication method to verify your identity (using a phone or other mobile device) for use by anyone accessing RDCRN secure assets. It adds a second layer of security for RDCRN applications that can hold sensitive information.
  • Zix Email EncryptionZix is an automatic encryption platform for all emails sent from REDCap or the Biospecimen Tracker that ensures security and prevents data loss.
  • RDCRN Policies and Procedures
  • RDCRN Data Standards
  • Data Sharing guidance, recommended legal instruments, recommended language for ICF, DMS, other documents finalized during cycle 4
  • Requirements for dataset ingestion into RDCRN data repository

DMCC Leadership Team

A photo of Eileen KingA photo of Maurizio Macaluso.A photo of Michael Wagner

Eileen King, PhD, FASA
Principal Investigator

Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DrPH, FACE
Co-Principal Investigator

Director, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Michael Wagner, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine