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The CNO Data Processing Centre

  • Dedicated to clinical research, a Data Management Network has been built connecting the clinical research units of the seven major hospitals of the Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest, the four university hospitals and the three comprehensive cancer centers.
  • Supported by the French National League Against Cancer and the French National Cancer Institute (INCa), it offers facilities to manage large clinical studies based on good clinical practice recommandations (International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines E10) using a validated computerised system accessible through web security gateway.
  • Hosted at Centre François Baclesse in Caen, its personnel can help in statistical aspects of stydy design, data collection and management, quality assurance, statistical analyses and prepation of reports for internal / external use and final publications.

The North West Data Center will be an essential strategic and logistical tool in the management of the oncology clinical trials.

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The support provided by CNO has meant that the medical and scientific community in the four regions now has a data management facility with nationally recognised expertise. CNO's data processing centre (CTD-CNO) was quality certified by INCa in 2007. High-level facilities in the four regions now entrust active studies ranging from drug assessments to non-interventional biological or epidemiological investigations to the centre. The degree of management is adapted to the needs of the study promo-ters: for half of the studies, the centre simply hosts their database, while for others it handles their data management and for two studies at present this is also combined with design of the project and statistical analysis of the results. During the period covered by the PROCAN 2 program, 50 studies have been set up on CTD's ClinsightTM data management solution: 39 biomedical studies and 11 non-interventional or intermediate care studies (period from 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013). CTD-CNO provides access to the software application and data hosting and ma-nages the data for almost half of these studies. The data centre also constitutes a vital strategic and logistical tool for CNO's own work of stimulating and coordinating clinical trials in oncology. The data processing centre decided to develop a web portal that would meet two needs: the crucial need to publicise the centre's expertise and resources and the benefits it offers and the need to provide its partners with a secure data exchange facility in compliance with the regulations. The CTD-CNO website, www.ctd-cno.org, was developed in-house and went live in December 2013. In 2008, the data manager for CNO's data processing centre joined forces with a colleague from the PACA cancer research hub to form the Academic Data Managers' Group (ACADM). Data management professionals from most of the French-speaking academic research facilities have joined the group. It organises annual meetings, for which CNO provides financial support and this year just under 150 people took part (Angers, 18 - 19 May 2011; Caen, 12 - 13 June 2012; Tours, 18 - 19 June 2013).