Welcome to COINS
COllaborative Informatics and Neuroimaging Suite
Developed at the Mind Research Network, COINS offers tools to securely collect and store data, share data to and from other researchers and manage studies. COINS currently manages 618 studies with 501,171 clinical assessments and 43,682 MRI and MEG scan sessions collected from 38,798 participants at the Mind Research Network, Nathan Kline Institute, University of Colorado – Boulder, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, and other sites. The Mind Research Network (MRN) is dedicated to facilitating data sharing within the research community for ongoing analyses and innovative re-use. COINS consists of the following collaboration-centric tools:
- Subject and Study Management: MICIS (Medical Imaging Computer Information System) is a centralized PostgreSQL-based web application that implements best practices for participant enrollment and management. Research site administrators can easily create and manage studies, as well as generate reports useful for reporting to funding agencies.
- Scan Data Collection: An automated DICOM receiver collects, archives, and imports imaging data into the file system and COINS, requiring no user intervention. The database also offers scan annotation and behavioral data management, radiology review event reports, and scan time billing.
- Assessment Data Collection: Clinical data gathered from interviews, questionnaires, and neuropsychological tests are entered into COINS through the web application called Assessment Manager (ASMT). ASMT's intuitive design allows users to start data collection with little or no training. ASMT offers several options for data collection/entry: dual data entry, for paper assessments, the Participant Portal, an online tool that allows subjects to fill out questionnaires, and Tablet entry, an offline data entry tool.
- Data Sharing: De-identified neuroimaging datasets with associated clinical-data, cognitive-data, and associated meta-data are available through the COINS Data Exchange tool. The Data Exchange is an interface that allows investigators to request and share data. It also tracks data requests and keeps an inventory of data that has already been shared between users. Once requests for data have been approved, investigators can download the data directly from COINS.
For more information about COINS please visit coins.mrn.org or www.nitrc.org/projects/coins/
If you are interested in setting up a study in COINS please fill out the Contact Form at coins.mrn.org