Web Application and Services for Methodologically Rigorous Animal Study Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 3R43DA041760-01S1
Agency Tracking Number: R43DA041760
Amount: $189,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDA
Solicitation Number: PA16-019
Small Business Information
8939 S SEPULVEDA BLVD STE 506, Los Angeles, CA, 90045-3645
DUNS: 036255409
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 YUN WANG
 (310) 309-7422
 yun.wang@tempest-tech.com
Business Contact
 BEN FITZPATRICK
Phone: (310) 216-1677
Email: fitzpatrick@tempest-tech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION Our goal in this project is to develop a web application to guide researchers in the efficient and effective design of animal studies that balance the competing needs of minimizing animal use and providing rigorous repeatable results Three basic ideas which translate directly into our three specific aims form the foundation of our proposed tool First an foremost is to place science before statistics develop the science plan for a pilot exploratory o hypothesis driven study with a clear idea of the effects of interest and structure of the animal selection housing and treatment plan Second is a prospective examination of sample size and effect size through power computations Third is ready access to expert support with design and statistics professionals The proposed study is the first phase in the development of a web application for experimental design and analysis Our Phase I effort will demonstrate the concept with a prototype dynamic web application that provides qualitative and quantitative decision support together with person to person on line chat capability for rapid technical assistance with study design In collaboration with our teammates at UC San Diego and UC Davis we will develop a set of example case studies from their extensive animal research experience ranging both in study goals and problem complexity From these examples we will develop use cases to design the user system interactions that will form the software development foundation PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE With mounting evidence of reproducibility problems in life sciences research there is a strong need for study design support especially on methodological issues The proposed web application will deliver assistance to researchers to improve the rigor in design and the repeatability of animal experiments

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