VUMC Data Coordinating Center (DCC)

Overview of Services

Dr. Paul Harris founded and directs the Data Coordinating Core (DCC), which is one of many revenue neutral service cores within the Data and Organization for Translational Science (DOTS) center. Dr. Stephany Duda supports Dr. Harris as the Research Director of the DCC. The purpose of the DCC is to provide specialized REDCap-related data planning, implementation, and management services to the Vanderbilt research community as well as outside investigators. The DCC specializes in customizations of REDCap, a secure, web-based application designed to support case report form and survey-based data capture for research studies. Investigators can access this intuitive interface for data entry, data validation, audit trails, export procedures, seamless downloads to statistical packages, and VDCC programmers can tailor REDCap functionality to meet the needs of the study or investigator workflow. REDCap is widely used in the Vanderbilt research enterprise and across a large consortium of institutional partners.

The DCC staff includes system and web programmers to augment the REDCap system, build custom reporting and dynamic data visualization tools, develop computer routines that interface with clinical systems, and build visually compelling, REDCap-powered research websites. DCC Analysts specialize in research data management, general forms design, data adjudication, and custom training and documentation associated with these services. Project managers work closely with investigators to assemble comprehensive data management plans and ensure timely project execution.


Paul Harris, Director

Stephany Duda, Assistant Director

Lindsay O'Neal, Operations Manager

Stacy West, Administrative Director

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday   

2525 West End Avenue

Links and Resources

VUMC Office of Research - iLab User Guides & FAQs


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.