SPARCing a conversation about FAIR data sharing

Thu Sep 16 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

About this event

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Making research data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) improves the scientific process, accelerates discovery, enriches the domain knowledge, and increases societal trust in science.

The NIH Common Fund's Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program has been working since 2015 to transform our understanding of nerve-organ interactions with the intent of advancing bioelectronic medicine towards treatments that change lives. The SPARC community has also been making their data FAIR.

Join the NIH Heal Initiative℠ Data Stewardship Group as we talk with four SPARC investigators who will share their experiences of benefitting from a commitment to FAIR. You will hear how organizing data collection and management around FAIR improves the daily operations of a laboratory and enables wider collaborations. You will leave the conversation with practical and pragmatic information to integrate into your scientific practice immediately.

Presenter Names and Bios:

 Charles C. Horn - Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Horn’s primary research focus is the neurobiology of vagus nerve signaling in health and disease; and, more generally, the role of gut-brain communication in homeostasis. Numerous medical treatments and diseases affect gut-brain interactions to elicit nausea and emesis, reduce food intake, induce inflammatory responses, and modulate pain; the laboratory conducts studies on the impact of cytotoxic chemotherapy agents, surgical drugs (anesthesia and analgesics), and chronic conditions (e.g., cancer) on these responses; this line of research has the long-term goal of developing treatments to decrease symptom burden and improve quality of life for patients.

 Bhavesh Patel - California Medical Innovations Institute 

Dr. Patel completed his undergraduate studies in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering in his home country, France, before joining UC Berkeley in 2011 through the MS/PhD program in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently the PI on an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were he is leading the development of a software called SODA (Software for Organizing Data Automatically). This cross-platform desktop software is intended to simplify data organization, curation, and submission for researchers receiving funding from the NIH SPARC Initiative by providing an intuitive user interface and automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks.

 Bartek Rajwa - Bindley Bioscience Center, Purdue University 

Dr. Bartek Rajwa is a Research Associate Professor of Computational Life Sciences in the Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue University where he is conducting studies on the technology of high-throughput cytometry, high-content imaging, biological image analysis, biological pattern recognition, and applications of statistical machine learning in cell biology, cancer research, and bioengineering. Dr. Rajwa's expertise is in the use of modern data science in biological research; he is particularly interested in integrating biological data from a variety of linked single-cell technologies from flow cytometry through biological imaging to proteomics and functional genomics. 

 Susan Tappan - Scientific Director, MBF Bioscience 

Dr. Tappan is a developmental neuroscientist with a keen interest in stereology and other methods of quantification. At MBF Bioscience, she serves as the Scientific Director, leading research efforts through NIH, DoD and other funding sources. Her passion is identifying practical solutions to biomedical analysis needs that balance the essential requirement of reproducibility as well as person-hour effort.


     Diving into FAIR

 FAIR Assist - a repository of FAIR tools for evaluation of resources against the FAIR principles

 MicroFile+ - free Windows-based software created as part of SPARC that adds metadata to your existing microscopy image files

 Original FAIR article

 Fair Data Principles Overview

 SPARC microscopy image metadata standard - a component of the Minimal Information Standards for SPARC datasets

 Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

     Connecting with the HEAL Stewards

 Visit our website -

 Let us know about your data management needs and questions

 Join the HEAL Stewards Slack workspace for conversation, connection, and the latest news

 Today’s Intro presentation

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