The Data Coordinating Center (DCC) of the Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) will be the data and biospecimen manager for pain research within the HEAL Partnership. As such, it will host, manage, standardize, curate, and provide a sharing platform for data and biospecimens for HEAL initiatives, such as the Acute to Chronic Pain Signature initiative and the BACPAC, in addition to EPPIC-Net studies. The DCC will develop and maintain a databank for depositing pre-clinical, clinical, neuroimaging, microbiome, genomics, and other omics biomarker data, will link these data with a repository for biological samples, and will create a platform for teams to work together to analyze and interpret data. Further, the DCC will provide leadership in the statistical design and analysis of EPPIC-Net studies, and will deploy advanced systems and processes for data collection, management, quality assurance, and reporting. The DCC will create, sustain, and continually advance a robust organization for the rapid design, implementation, and performance of high- quality rigorous Phase II clinical trials to test promising therapeutics for pain. The proposed DCC brings together experts from statistics, clinical trials design and simulation, data management, neuroimaging, bioinformatics, genomics, and radiology, and leverages decades of experience instituting and running large data sharing consortia and data coordinating centers.
Our aims are to further the goals of EPPIC-Net and the HEAL initiative through: 1) Integration of the DCC within the EPPIC-Net structure and facilitation of the alliance with HEAL partners; 2) Provision of biostatistical expertise, support, and leadership to EPPIC-Net studies; 3) Provision of legacy and de novo secure data storage and comprehensive data management for EPPIC-Net studies; 4) Institution of a pain-related expandable biospecimen repository; and 5) Establishment of the EPPIC- Net DataExchange and BiospecimenExchange to foster the development of non-addictive treatments for pain. The DCC will be structured around four cores: 1) an Administrative Core; 2) a Statistical Core; 3) a Data Core; and 4) a Biospecimen Core. This DCC will work with the EPPIC-Net Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) and with the Specialized Clinical Centers (SCC, a hub and its spokes/clinics) to educate clinicians and staff in good clinical trial practices for reproducibility of research, and to train them in the data management system and procedures employed in the network. The DCC will provide sites with user-friendly dashboards to monitor their own performance and will promote collegial and supportive relationships with the sites? personnel to cultivate rigorous and enthusiastic engagement in the conduct of the studies. The DCC will use state-of-the-art concepts and techniques in the acquisition, transfer, storing, management, standardization, linking, and curation of the clinical and biomarker data to launch and maintain the EPPIC Exchange encompassing the DataExchange, and the BiospecimenExchange. The EPPIC Exchange represents the final product delivered by the DCC -- a resource with capability for continual growth, that will be shared by the pain research community.
The Data Coordinating Center (DCC) of the EPPIC-Net, in close collaboration with the network?s Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC), the Specialized Clinical Centers (SCCs), HEAL, and government partners, will provide statistical and data management expertise for conducting high-quality efficient studies for developing non-addictive treatments for pain. In addition, it will compile a collection of clinical and biomarker data and establish a repository for biospecimens. These resources will be linked and shared with the community of pain researchers.