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Data Management & Biostatistics

The Department of Data Management & Biostatistics was founded in 2006 to particularly cater to the needs of the large scale epidemiological studies launched by the Department of Epidemiology.The facility with which it afforded data management and processing to dissemination of results for the studies conducted by the department of epidemology resulted in the departmental activities being extended to cater to the data generated by all the departments in MDRF in the course of their respective studies.

In terms of data management the department interfaces with the departments of epidemiology, food and nutrition, clinical trials, biochemistry [both the clinical and research divisions], genetics and cell and molecular biology. Where required; customized databases are created to facilitate the unique data entry needs of either a study or a department. Once the software is designed; in the application phase, on site troubleshooting is also provided to work out any kinks in the software or in training the individuals actually handling the software in the protocol to be followed. We are also involved in data warehousing and analysis (biostatistics).  We also provide computing, server and database maintenance, networking and video conferencing facilities.


To provide a secure and high quality environment for computing data management techniques and statistics to for clinical and epidemiological research that meets international standards and maintain. 


To develop and maintain software/database of international quality and carry out statistical analysis

   Portfolio of Current Activities of the Department  
  1. Software design and development:
  • EpiNu® India (In-house) – The software is a Food and Nutrient database created to facilitate calculation of the macro and micronutrient intake of the individual/ population.

  • Glycemic Index (GI) calculator (In-house) – This software enables the researcher to calculate the Incremental Area Under the curve (IAUC) and GI for foods

  • Epidemiology (Epi) data entry software : Data collected through  large studies such as CUPS, ORANGE, PACE, CURES, Eye research, ICMR-YDR, IMT-clinical trial, and ICMR-INDIAB were keyed into the Epi data entry software with double entry and quality check  options
  • SEANET – NCD website & WHO-NCD InfoBase–South East Asia Region – In collaboration with WHO – SEARO, developed South East Asia Network on non-communicable diseases website and WHO-NCD InfoBase (web link)
        2. System and Server Administration
  • Installation and maintenance servers, periodic backups, intra and inter net services, security maintenance and hardware support
        3.Data Warehousing
  • Data is managed using mining and warehousing techniques through the SQL server and SAS.

        4.Data Analysis
  • Software such as SYSTAT, NCSS, SAS, SPSS are used for data cleaning and analysis for various clinical and observational studies and MAPINFO for GIS mapping solutions.

        5.Networking and video conferencing facilities
  • Procurement and maintenance of both hardware and software required for networking and videoconferences and telemedicine research are also carried out.

  • Conceives, designs and develops customized software and databases for the various departments of the organization
  • Provide training on data analysis and management
  • Provides customised hardware Installation, server maintenance and periodic backups to suit health care research.
  • Data warehousing
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