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Last Updated: 03/05/10

Accomplishments and Current Status of Project

Grants were funded for SPIN in 2001. Four working committees were formed:

  • The coordinating committee with general responsibility for overall planning of the Network and executing its development
  • The technology committee to develop the software, protocols, data exchange standards and security strategies to respond to network queries and to transfer information in a way that serves the purposes of researchers without compromising patient confidentiality
  • The content committee that assesses that types of information that can be feasibly and usefully accessed within the Network sites
  • The confidentiality committee that will develop protocols for sharing data in a manner that is legally, socially and ethically satisfactory and that will be submitted for approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRBs) of the Network sites

Below is a list of investigators, consultants, sites and others who hold the awards and make up SPIN.

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Clem McDonald
Director, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
1050 Wishard Blvd RG5
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872

Dr. Isaac Kohane,
Director, Informatics Program
Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Enders 5
Boston, MA 02115

Subcontract Principal Investigators:

Michael J. Becich, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
Room C-918.2 PUH
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582

Jonathan Braun, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairman of Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UCLA Medical Center
Box 951732, 13-222 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732

NCI Program Director:

Jules J. Berman, Ph.D., M.D.
Program Director, Pathology Informatics
Cancer Diagnosis Program, DCTD, NCI, NIH
EPN - Room 6028
6130 Executive Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20892
Phone: 301-496-7147
FAX: 301-402-7819


Kenneth H. Buetow, Ph.D.
Director, NCI Center for Bioinformatics
8424 Helgerman Court
Bethesda, MD 20892
Chief, Laboratory of Population Genetics
41 Library Drive, Building 41, Room D702D
Bethesda, MD 20892

Network Sites:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Clarian Health - Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
  • Community Hospitals Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  • Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis, IN
  • St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, Beech Grove, IN
  • St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, Indianapolis, IN
  • UCLA Affiliate Hospitals, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, IN