BARCELONA—Working closely with the Scientific Board and Scientific Coordinators, the DMC plays an important role in the design and development of the databases and protocols for all EF Clif studies, ensures good research data management, assists regional coordinator with protocol implementation, tracks specimen information, delivers remote training across study sites, and contributes to data analysis and manuscript preparation.
On 1 May 2021, Cristina Sánchez was appointed Head of the Data Management Center (DMC) by the EF Clif Director. Sánchez is an economist by training, and holds a Master’s degree in Financial Accounting and Controlling. Sánchez brings 14 years of experience as Chief Operations Officer for a Clinical Research Organization, where she supported clinical studies for a range of pathologies. Sánchez worked as an external provider for EF Clif from 2014 to 2018, and joined EF Clif as Data Manager and Sample Manager in 2018.
Throughout the data lifecycle, from collection and preservation to analysis and dissemination, the DMC operates in accordance with the FAIR principles – making data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. EF Clif data management and security policy is in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation which guarantees data privacy for patients that participate in any EF Clif study upon obtaining informed consent.
The DMC is based in the EF Clif Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, and serves as a resource for EF Clif members and collaborators across centers, enabling access to relevant clinical and laboratory data and specimens. Moreover, the DMC provides support in the study design and work planning of research project proposals, as well as bioinformatics and statistical analysis expertise.
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The European Foundation for the Study of Chronic Liver Failure (EF Clif) is a private nonprofit organization which mission is to promote research and education in hepatic chronic failure with the aim to contribute to improving the quality of life and to increase the survival of patients with liver cirrhosis. Since its foundation in 2009, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Chair supports research activities through the EASL-Clif Consortium, a network of more than 100 European university hospitals and more than 300 clinical researchers. The Grifols Chair promotes translational studies across centers throughout Europe and North America within the framework of the European Network for Translational Research (ENTR) with 25 centers and more than 40 investigators.