Prometheus Research said this week that it has been selected by Autism Speaks to develop an integrated data management system that will enable autism researchers to manage and share their data.
The system will be used by the data coordinating center at that Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, which was created as a central location for clinical, environmental, and biospecimen data from Autism Speaks-funded programs and initiatives.
Specifically, Prometheus will use its Research Exchange Database platform and the Rapid Online Assessment Delivery System, the company's electronic data capture system, to manage and exchange genetic, electroencephalography, and imaging data among other kinds of information, the company said.
Leon Rozenblit, president and CEO of Prometheus Research, said in a statement that the project will "enable wider integration of Autism Speaks' valuable research data and enable them to re-use the data in ways not possible before."
In 2009, Prometheus signed a three-year contract with the Simons Foundation to configure a database of phenotypic and genetic information on autism as part of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, called SFARI — a repository of genetic samples from 2,000 families affected by autism (BI 6/5/2009).