Introducing a platform for integrating and sharing stem cell research data

Kirill Borziak, Irena Parvanova, Joseph Finkelstein

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Advancements in regenerative medicine have highlighted the need for increased standardization and sharing of stem cell products to help drive these innovative interventions toward public availability and to increase collaboration in the scientific community. Although numerous attempts and numerous databases have been made to store this data, there is still a lack of a platform that incorporates heterogeneous stem cell information into a harmonized project-based framework. The aim of the platform described in this study, ReMeDy, is to provide an intelligent informatics solution which integrates diverse stem cell product characteristics with study subject and omics information. In the resulting platform, heterogeneous data is validated using predefined ontologies and stored in a relational database. In this initial feasibility study, testing of the ReMeDy functionality was performed using published, publically-available induced pluripotent stem cell projects conducted in in vitro, preclinical and intervention evaluations. It demonstrated the robustness of ReMeDy for storing diverse iPSC data, by seamlessly harmonizing diverse common data elements, and the potential utility of this platform for driving knowledge generation from the aggregation of this shared data. Next steps include increasing the number of curated projects by developing a crowdsourcing framework for data upload and an automated pipeline for metadata abstraction. The database is publically accessible at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Health and Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of MIE 2021
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681856
ISBN (Print)9781643681849
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Common data elements
  • Database
  • Harmonization
  • Induced pluripotent stem cell


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