Informatics and Data Services

The Informatics & Data Services (IDS) unit’s primary objective is to maintain and improve the WNPRC’s electronic health record (EHR) system. The EHR system stores comprehensive animal health data and facilitates efficient communications throughout the Center. The EHR system functions as the “operating system” of WNPRC by providing health and biomedical research data to staff and researchers associated with WNPRC. This data management system also enables researchers to store research data which can be linked to animal health records.

The IDS unit works with all units within WNPRC to gather needs and requirements in order to further develop and expand the capabilities of the EHR system. Unit staff collaborate with investigators by developing queries for summaries of longitudinal data on WNPRC animals. Additionally, the IDS unit advocates code sharing between Nonhuman Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) with Project MergEHR whereby changes made to the LabKey-based EHR code are presented and shared among interested NPRCs.


  • Enabling users to report bugs, issues and request new features.
  • Integration of research data with clinical records.
  • Improving and enhancing the user experience.
  • Increasing data quality by reducing manual data entry.
  • Providing EHR-powered data management and sharing capabilities to WNPRC investigators.


Both the WNPRC Informatics and Data Services (IDS) and WNPRC Information Technology and Systems Services (ITSS) Units are directed by Dan Metzger, senior information processing consultant.


F. DANIEL NICOLALDE, PH.D. Unit Head, Software Engineer/Developer IV (608) 890-4592  Send email to Dr. Nicolalde
CHAD SEBRANEK Software Engineer/Developer III  Send email to Chad Sebranek
ALEX SCHMIDT Software Engineer/Developer I  Send email to Alex Schmidt
LEVI CAMERON Software Engineer/Developer I  Send email to Levi Cameron


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