Biomedical Informatics Resources

Clinical Research Data Warehouse

The CCTS Biomedical Informatics Core has developed and continually expands a Clinical Research Data Warehouse (CRDW) to support the University of Illinois-Chicago research enterprise and collaborator community.  The purpose of the CRDW is to provide a single, secure, managed release point for human subjects’ data for use in research.  The CRDW has a Research Patient Repository (RPR) that stores and integrates human subjects’ data, including protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII), from various sources that can be used to derive data-marts for clinical, translational and basic research purposes.

Researchers can request data extracts from the Clinical Research Data Warehouse by submitting an online service request for Biomedical Informatics support. This service is the key component of "UIC CIRCLE."

University of Illinois-Chicago Clinical Information Repository for Cohort Learning & Exploration (UIC CIRCLE)

The UIC Clinical Information Repository for Cohort Learning and Exploration (UIC CIRCLE) refers to the patient data repository & the consult, data request, and data delivery service provided to UIC researchers. “UIC CIRCLE” references the process of utilizing segments of the CRDW Research Patient Repository (RPR) in order to fulfill data requests from UIC researchers for clinical data extracts.

Initiate CRDW/UIC CIRCLE requests through the CCTS Service Request System

Query UIC Knowledge Set (QUICKSet)

QUICKSet, or “Query UIC Knowledge Set,” is the CCTS Biomedical Informatics Core built version of the i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) framework. The purpose of this tool is to allow researchers to access de-identified clinical data from the UI Health system to obtain aggregate patient counts. Completion of a Training Module is required before new accounts will be authorized. After training completion, researchers will be granted access to the QUICKSet system. Consultations for assistance using QUICKSet are available by appointment via the CCTS Service Request System.

Collection of Utilities and Biomedical Informatics Tools (CUBIT)

The CCTS Biomedical Informatics Core’s CUBIT webpage contains various helpful biomedical informatics tools including a vocabulary browser containing terms from QUICKSet and UIC CIRCLE.  

Biomedical Health Informatics Colloquia (BHIC)

UIC has a diverse and robust health informatics teaching and research portfolio, but there is often an overall lack of awareness of other researchers working in health informatics as well as resources and sources of collaboration. The purpose of the colloquia is two-fold: to provide a forum for presenting current & ongoing research and to help connect researchers with one another. Monthly meetings are generally structured such that the first half of the meeting features a presentation of actual or proposed research UIC, and the second half of the meeting is to explore opportunities for collaboration through future grant funding. Because informatics is so extraordinarily broad and diverse, the colloquia aims to help researchers at UIC keep a pulse on activities outside of their immediate research interest and help to spur additional collaborations.

The colloquia usually occurs on the last Monday of the month during the Academic Calendar year at noon in Room 6175 COMRB (909 S. Wolcott). For more information, contact Andrew Boyd at

Chicago Biomedical Consortium

The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago that will transform research at the frontiers of biomedicine.

Learn more about the Chicago Biomedical Consortium