The DCC's mission is to strengthen the Consortium’s leadership role in the IBD genetics community by incorporating innovative research designs, developing novel protocols, common data structures, and methods for collection of samples and data, and utilizing new cloud-based computing technologies to provide new opportunities for collaborative research and data sharing.

The DCC facilitates scientific interaction between individual GRCs through the collection, organization and analysis of study data, utilization of existing and novel analytic approaches, and testing of interrelated hypotheses. Additional functions of the DCC include managing the biosample and clinical phenotypes repositories, enhancing communication, disseminating datasets and analyses, assuring security and patient confidentiality in a multi-user environment, and overseeing progress with defined objectives and quality control.

Principal Investigator Judy H. Cho MD Director, Institute for Personalized Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Precision Medicine, Professor Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Professor Medicine, Gastroenterology Follow: Twitter @judycho07

Scientific Director Ronald A. Thisted PhD, Professor (Biostatistics); Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Chicago Follow: Twitter @rthisted

Technical Director Phil Schumm MA, Sr. Biostatistician, Director, Research Computing Group; Assistant Director, Biostat Lab, University of Chicago

Project Administrator Yashoda Sharma PhD, Administrative Manager, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine

DCC Members

  • Robert Grossman PhD, Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO); Director, Center in Data Intensive Science; Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Ke Hao PhD, University of Chicago
  • Sondra Birch PhD, University of Chicago