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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Cancer Informatics Core


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The Cancer Informatics Core (CIC) was established to meet the growing needs for informatics support of biomedical research. The core's objective is to facilitate biomedical and translational research by providing methods and tools to record, integrate, manage, analyze, and visualize various biomedical, behavioral, and clinical data. 

CIC services include consultation, data integration and honest broker services, feasibility assessment, and cohort identification. These services rely on the CIC Universal Data Store (UDS), which consists of consolidated and linked data from VCU Health System’s various clinical-related data systems.

CIC is closely integrated with the Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR), the Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core (TDAAC), and the Clinical Trials Office (CTO).


Offices for the Cancer Informatics Core are located on the 4th floor of the VMI building at 1000 E. Marshall Street.


  • Needs assessment and study design (consultation)
  • Data integration and honest broker services
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Cohort identification
  • Clinical annotation
  • Dataset and report development, including basic analysis
  • Electronic data capture and management support
  • Bioinformatics support
  • Massey administrative support
  • VCUHS oncology administrative support

Cancer Informatics Data Sources Summary
WISP - Web Information Systems Portal (accessible to employees only, onsite or VPN)

To request CIC services, except Bioinformatics, please complete and submit our online service request form: CIC Service Request Form.

To request Bioinformatics services*, please complete and submit our Bioinformatics service request form: Massey Bioinformatics Service Request Form.  

*Bioinformatics requests are handled based on a collaboration between the Cancer Informatics Core and the Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR).

Massey member subsidy benefit

Massey subsidizes 25 percent of the cost of members’ core laboratory usage for the following Massey-supported, fee-for-service shared resources:

  • Flow Cytometry Shared Resource
  • VCU Lipidomics/Metabolomics Shared Resource
  • Structural Biology Shared Resource
  • Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core
  • Transgenic/Knock-out Mouse Facility Shared Resource
  • Microscopy Shared Resource

To receive this member benefit, please initiate core lab services using a VCU index code associated with your name. When you are billed for core laboratory usage, the Rams FORCE system will automatically split the invoice between your index code and a Massey account established for this purpose. You will be charged 75 percent of the published rate and Massey will provide a 25 percent co-pay to cover the balance. Please direct any questions or concerns about the member subsidy benefit to Paul Fawcett, Ph.D. at or (804) 833-1959. 


All publications that include results, services or products generated by the VCU Massey Cancer Center Shared Resources must include the following acknowledgement in the manuscript:

"Services in support of the research project were provided by the VCU Massey Cancer Center Informatics Core, supported, in part, with funding from NIH-NCI Cancer Center Support Grant P30 CA016059."

PubMed Central (PMC) ID numbers are required for those publications that use CCSG-supported shared resources. All of Massey Cancer Center's shared resources are supported by the CCSG. 


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This Shared Resource is jointly supported by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

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