In 2016 the University of Washington Department of Medicine began a pilot grant program to encourage observational research projects that utilize clinical data within UW medicine data sources such as electronic medical records. This program is designed to support UW fellows and carries the expectation that investigators will use the De-identified Clinical Data Repository (DCDR) to identify cohorts of interest. Fellows can then use this resource to request clinical data derived from these cohorts for analysis and eventual publication.
Rheumatology Fellow, Dr. Jenna Thomason was awarded a grant from this pilot program. She will be using the funds to support aggregating data to answer her current research question; does using the high salt avidity double stranded DNA ELISA test increases sensitivity and specificity when evaluating the disease activity of lupus.