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Research Data

A guide for locating, managing, and sharing research data.

Research Data & Scholarly Communications Lead

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Jess Newman
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Assistant Professor
Research Data & Scholarly Communications Lead
UTHSC Health Sciences Library
Lamar Alexander Building
877 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163


Research Support from the Health Sciences Library

Library faculty can assist you with a variety of research services, including literature searches, systematic reviews, assessing your impact, and managing your scholarly profiles.

Additionally, you may schedule a consultation to discuss 1) writing data management plans, 2) creating effective data visualizations, 3) identifying and evaluating journals for your manuscripts, 4) locating data for re-use in your research project, and 5) selecting an appropriate repository to share you data.

Institutional Research Cores through the Office of Research

Research Cores are centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, services, as well as expert consultation and other services to scientific and clinical investigators.

REDCap and more available through the CBMI

The Center for Biomedical Informatics offers access and support for both datasets and research tools, including REDCap, TriNetX, and rEDW.

REDCap - Research Electronic Data Capture is a web application for building and managing online surveys and databases, and can be accessed through UTHSC. REDCap offers a wide variety of video tutorials

Research consultations and services from TN-CTSI

TN-CTSI offers assistance to researchers in a variety of topics, including: study design, biostatistics, recruitment, funding, collaboration, and more . Request a consultation here.

Statistical analysis and other services with the BERD Clinic

The Biostats, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Clinic offers meetings with specialists for biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design consultations. 

Data storage and facilities for researchers from IT

The Information Technology Office offers tools and resources for data storage, transfer, and computing.

Choosing tools for collaboration from IT

IT has created a handy comparison chart for common collaboration softwares - OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, and OnBase

Software for data analysis, visualization, and more


Databases and Datasets

Below is a list of data and dataset sources at UTHSC available for use in your research project. Contact the individual listed with each source to obtain permission and access to the data.

Name Description Contact
CBMI (Center for Biomedical Informatics)
The CBMI facilitates access to several datasets for UTHSC researchers. Visit the CBMI data website for more information.
Center for Health System Improvement Databases The Center for Health System Improvement facilitates access to several databases for UTHSC researchers. Visit the Center for Health System Improvement website for more information.
Research Enterprise Data Warehouse (rEDW) The rEDW is an informatics tool available to researchers at UTHSC and Methodist Health System to assist with generating strong, data-driven hypotheses. Via controlled searches of the rEDW, UTHSC researchers will have the ability to run cohort queries, perform aggregated analyses and develop evidenced preparatory to research study plans. Center for Biomedical Informatics, 901-287-5834,
Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Coalition (DWPC) Registry Data on more than 480,000 patients is gathered from 80 clinics to track processes and outcomes of care and improve care for people living with diabetes or at risk for diabetes in the Mid-South. Cardella Leak, PhD, MPH, 901-448-2476,
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Datasets Medicare and Medicaid claims data are released by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) annually. Medicare data include claims for the use of inpatient, outpatient, and physician/supplier services for the elderly population, and Medicaid data include such claims for low income or disabled population. Claims contain Information on patient demographic characteristics, diagnoses, procedures, and cost for each use of health service. Part D drug data are also available since 2007 and can be linked to the claims data. Researchers can use these data to conduct studies on health outcomes, health care access, and health disparities. The Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) provides free technical support on how to use these data. Xinhua Yu, MD, PhD, 901-678-3433,
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) A set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.), and employers across the United States. MEPS collects data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, and how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of health insurance held by and available to U.S. workers. Satya Surbhi, PhD, 901-448-4166,
CERNER Health Facts® (HF) database Since 2000, CER NER Health Facts® (HF) database has captured and stored de-identified, longitudinal electronic health record (EHR) patient data, aggregated and organized to facilitate analyses and reporting. It currently contains data on almost 50 million patients and almost 300 million encounters. Click here to request access to CHF.
Physician Compare datasets The Centers for Medicacre & Medicaid Services (CMS) provide official datasets for the Physical Compare website to give you useful information about groups and clinicians listed on Physician Compare. Satya Surbhi, PhD, 901-448-4166,
Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood (CANDLE) Study CANDLE is an observational, longitudinal cohort research study of the development and ability to learn in children from birth to age four. The Candle study has enrolled 1503 healthy pregnant women in Shelby County. Learn more about CANDLE study.
Have a data set you would like to share or think would be a good addition to our list? Please contact