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What is the Research Workbench?

The Research Workbench is an extension of the CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) designed to facilitate multi-site collaboration and access to de-identified patient data in a searchable online database. This tool functions as an instrument for cohort discovery which utilizes electronic medical record (EMR) and Pubmed data to facilitate evidence-based research through a common data model (Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership; OMOP) modified for use with veterinary data (OMOPV5+).


This approach allows data to be integrated across EMRs from multiple institutions, and transforms data into a format with common terminologies and coding schemes that can be used to perform systemic multi-institutional analyses. Clinicians and investigators can leverage this tool to construct multi-site cohort discovery inquires and systemic reviews, facilitating identification of collaborator institutions to accelerate multi-site research studies.

Who Can Access

Access to the Research Workbench is restricted to contributing CTSA affiliates and can be requested by registering for an account. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for Research Workbench access, we recommend collaborating with a CTSA member institution. Here is a list of COHA member institutions and contact information.

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The Ohio State University Veterinary Biospecimen Repository

The OSUVBR collects samples of tumors and normal tissue from dogs and cats, and stores these tissues under controlled conditions for future use by multiple investigators. Over 225 sample distributions have been made to over over 45 investigators at 20 institutions.

Third Annual COHA Data Sharing Workshop

The 3rd Annual COHA Data Sharing Workshop, will be held Oct 6-7 2020, hosted online by Colorado State University.  COHA is supporting efforts to enable and improve the controlled sharing of Veterinary Electronic Health Records (EHR) based on the OHDSI OMOP standard developed for human medicine. 

Veterinary Biobank Facility: Development and Management for Diagnostic and Research Purposes

Lombardo T., Dotti S., Villa R., Cinotti S., Ferrari M. (2015) Veterinary Biobank Facility: Development and Management for Diagnostic and Research Purposes. In: Cunha M., Inácio J. (eds) Veterinary Infection Biology: Molecular Diagnostics and High-Throughput Strategies. Methods in Molecular Biology (Methods and Protocols), vol 1247. Humana Press, New York, NY