Background

Maelstrom Research brings together an international team of epidemiologists, statisticians, and computer scientists to find practical solutions to some of the challenges faced by epidemiological research collaborations. Through the development of methods and open-source software, we address the data documentation, harmonization, co-analysis, and dissemination needs of study investigators and research networks. In numerous international collaborations, we help implement comprehensive data frameworks that foster and enhance the use of epidemiological study data.

Maelstrom Research’s activities are founded on the data harmonization methodology developed under the DataSHaPER project, the open-source software developed by the OBiBa team (www.obiba.org), and the federated data analysis methodology developed under the DataSHIELD project (www.datashield.org).

Funding

Maelstrom Research activities are supported by the following partners.

Maelstrom Research activities are supported by the following funding agencies:

                            

                       

 

Organization

The Maelstrom Research program brings together an international team of epidemiologists, statisticians, and computer scientists who develop methods and open-source software which facilitate data harmonization and co-analysis across collaborating epidemiological studies. Drs. Isabel Fortier and Vincent Ferretti lead Maelstrom Research’s head office located at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (RI-MUHC) in Montreal (Canada). Investigators from research institutions in North America and Europe are central to the achievement of Maelstrom Research’s activities. These activities are organized within three operational teams:

  • Software Development team Under the leadership of Drs. Vincent Ferretti and Paul Burton, the Software Development team ensures the development of software, websites and information technology tools and supervises the implementation of data infrastructures required by partner projects.
  • Methods Development team Under the leadership of Drs. Edwin R. van den Heuvel, Lauren Griffith, Paul Burton, Scott Hofer and Isabel Fortier, the Methods Development team ensures development of methods, statistical approaches and specialised tools required to support Maelstrom activities, and promote quality of the data harmonization process. 
  • Harmonization and Support team Under the leadership of Dr. Isabel Fortier, the Harmonization and Support team is responsible for creating and maintaining the Maelstrom repository. In addition, the team is supporting partners in the creation of study catalogues and achievement of data harmonization and integration processes.

 

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