World’s research data administrators descend on Seattle for REDCapCon 2023Sep. 21, 2023, 9:38 AM
by Paul Govern
Institutional research data administrators from around world got their REDCap on at REDCapCon 2023, held Sept. 10-13 in Seattle.
This year’s conference drew 449 attendees from 19 countries, six continents, and 42 U.S. states and territories.
On the first day, from the downtown conference hotel, data administrators caught the Seattle Center Monorail (built for the 1962 world’s fair) to the kickoff dinner at Pacific Science Center in the shade of the Space Needle.
REDcap, or Research Electronic Data Capture, is a web-based software application launched at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2004 by Paul Harris, PhD, professor of Biomedical Informatics and vice president for Research Informatics at VUMC. It’s now maintained for users around the world by Harris’ team at the Office of Clinical Research Informatics at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), where Rob Taylor serves as manager of application development.
“The meeting was productive, and everyone I talked with during and after had great things to say about the conference, the REDCap platform, and our team at Vanderbilt,” Harris said.
Presenters from VUMC at this year’s conference included Teresa Bosler, Darlanne Wollam, Irma Maré, Michelle Fernandez, Michelle Jones, Kyle McGuffin, Alex Cheng (who also served as MC), Rob Taylor, Francesco Delacqua, Giovanni Delacqua, Byungsuk Choi, Kyle McGuffin and Mark McEver.
This year’s gathering was hosted by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.
The conference, which began in 2009, is organized each year by members of the REDCap team at VICTR. Harris credits Brenda Minor, Michelle Fernandez, Natalie Stanley, Kristen Dhanekula, and Teresa Bosler for months of planning for the conference and credits Adam Lewis for onsite logistics.
At last count, REDCap had users at 6,756 institutions in 154 countries.