Integration and Collaboration
A volunteer organization made up of public and non-profit organizations in the U.S., the Interagency Collaborative to Advance Research in Epilepsy (ICARE) faces a daunting task. The number of groups working in the field of epilepsy research is vast, be they private, public, academic, non-profit, or governmental. ICARE was formed by members of these various agencies to monitor research efforts, encourage collaboration, share results, and coordinate future efforts.
Effecting Advancement for Change
Drupal 7 and apache Solr (search platform) provided the perfect framework for us to design and build the database. Working closely with the NIH NINDS, we designed the layout and user interface aspects, then organized and migrated thousands of records on studies related to neurological diseases. With the variety of information presented, one feature that we emphasized in particular was data visualization. Using this feature, users can convert search results into visual charts and graphs.
An ambitious group like ICARE needed, and deserved, a robust solution. We are proud to have provided one with the new ICARE Epilepsy Research Portfolio.