Prometheus Partners with Northwestern to Develop Registries Aimed at Addressing the Gender Gap in Biomedical and Clinical Research
Prometheus Research has teamed with the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to develop an extensible clinical registry architecture for supporting its mission to address the underrepresentation of women in scientific and clinical research studies. The Prometheus RexRegistry architecture enables WHRI investigators and their collaborators to foster research in the area of women’s health by serving as a direct informational resource, as well as a recruiting tool. It is being used to deliver a new version of the Illinois Women’s Health Registry, which securely gathers data from a large cohort of women to better understand the relationships between environmental exposures, stress, health symptoms, health trends, and disease; and it will provide an intuitive and convenient pathway for women from diverse social classes and racial/ethnic backgrounds to engage in research studies and clinical trials.
“Our work with Prometheus integrates several existing tools and cumbersome workflows into a single system capable of supporting our evolving needs—and the needs of our growing network of participants and collaborators,” said Nicole Woitowich, Ph.D., Associate Director of the WHRI. “Having a registry that can keep pace with us is essential to our continued success.”
Prometheus used its comprehensive clinical data registry platform, RexRegistry, to underpin the new Illinois Women’s Health Registry, which enabled the rapid creation of a similar Illinois Men’s Health Registry. This ability to quickly respond to clinical research data management needs was one plus to choosing Prometheus as their registry partner.
These two registries were created to be the tools that provide researchers easier access to individuals interested in participating in research studies. Clinical studies enable researchers to further investigate health issues that may affect men and women differently. These two registries deliver a foundation that encourages the study of sex differences that affect the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
“We are very pleased that our registry solution will accelerate the work of Northwestern and the WHRI to address one of the most pernicious factors in health research while advancing the scientific community’s understanding of sex-based differences in patient outcomes,” responded David Voccola, a co-founder of Prometheus Research.