In early June, LabKey held two European User Conference events bringing together users in Basel, Switzerland and London, UK. Attendees had the opportunity to share their success stories and learn about the multitude of ways that LabKey could assist in their research efforts. Experts from LabKey led training sessions and gathered user feedback on upcoming development projects including our soon to be launched Sample Management solution. If you missed it, here’s a brief recap and we hope you will join us next time!
Using LabKey to Enable Reproducible Research
Dr. Thomas Schlitt, Staff Scientist, presented how the Department of Cognitive and Molecular Neurosciences at the University of Basel uses LabKey to gather and analyse data collected from volunteers taking part in psychological research. The data collected includes results of memory tests, picture recognition tasks, and reports on adverse events and medication taken during research studies. These diverse datasets are brought together using templates of lists and scripts to enable efficient adaptations in new studies.
A Wayfarer’s Guide to the Galaxy of LabKey inside the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre
Oliver Freeman, Technical Architect, discussed a few ways LabKey’s deployment inside the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre is aiding research. One of their LabKey projects is a data collection tool for the Hepatology Research Project, a study with a custom-built UI utilizing Extract-Transform-Load processes (ETLs). LabKey is also used in the NIHR HIC Hepatitis Project to allow submission of files into the collation system, followed by the viewing and querying of the collated data. In the future, they will deploy a portal for clinical research data products across the organization employing native LabKey features including the metadata catalogue, project and folder level security, and LDAP authentication to control who has access to the data.
Genomic Research of Diagnostics of Rare Diseases using LabKey
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Assistant Professor, described how the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and its Research Institute (RI-MUHC) is using LabKey Server to manage the explosion in data production triggered by the movement of genomic technologies from research to broad use for etiologic diagnosis of patients. They rely on the flexibility and robustness of the LabKey platform as they collect, standardize, integrate, and share diverse health and laboratory data on rare diseases and cancer. Specific uses include web-based test requisition forms and questionnaires, tracking of biological specimens and laboratory results, and generation of bilingual clinical reports of molecular results.