Resources and Environment

SABER's utilization of the scientific resources and environment provided by the University of Michigan contributes to the high probability of success for our clinical studies.

Offices and Physical Location

SABER offices are housed within the department of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (SPH). Our research unit occupies approximately 30 contiguous and access-restricted offices, with 4,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the SPH. The department of biostatistics is rated the top biostatistics program in the country by the National Academies, bringing biostatistical design and analysis expertise to a wide spectrum of health-related issues. A considerable number of biostatistics faculty partner with SABER on specific studies. The School of Public Health is conveniently located next to the UM medical campus, where the University Hospitals, UM Medical School, and the UM Taubman Medical Library are situated. Many of SABER's faculty partners are based in these institutions as well.

Computing Environment

A large computational infrastructure supports SABER and the UM investigators. SABER uses IT resources at the UM School of Public Health and Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) at Michigan Medicine for general support, as well as website and shared storage services. SABER collaborates with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), a recipient of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), for implementation of OpenClinica®, a secure, web-based, FDA 21 CFR Part 11-compliant clinical database and data entry software. Clinical data is then converted into Oracle® databases. We use SAS and R as our primary statistical analysis tools. Microsoft Project is used for tracking deliverables, timelines, and resource usage. Internal documents are stored on an SPH LAN, and Box is used for internal file sharing, Box for internal and external file sharing. We use Adobe Professional for document publishing. Study websites are developed in Java, Spring, JSP, maven, git, and jenkins. Sites are hosted in a UM data center secured by two-factor authentication to maintain security and confidentiality of subject data as well as physical resources. Other specialty software is readily available such as REDCap, Stata, S-plus, Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, Fortran, C, Gauss. Microsoft Office and Outlook are used for day-to-day study management activities. Live feed webinar capabilities are available on individual computers via GoToMeeting and BlueJeans.