The Byrd Institute Research Database and Information Infrastructure (BIRDII).

Byrd Institute >$1 mil/yr Informatics / Past Project

To develop an online database for 15 state-sponsored memory disorder clinics in Florida to use a standardized method to track their patients.
  • The Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) was passed in Florida in 1985 designating four memory disorder clinics (MDCs) and requiring a database to be developed to track their patients.
  • As of 2002, when the USF Health Byrd Institute was founded by legislation, several attempts had been made at building this database, but none were successful.
  • Under our direction, the BIRDII was developed and went live with 15 MDCs in 2004.  MDCs could now provide standardized reports to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
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Company Role

Visited 15 Memory Disorder Clinics and wrote requirements.


Designed appropriate database schema.


Directed database development and deployment.


Provided user documentation and support.

Related Publications

Cao C, Lin X, Zhang C, Wahi MM, Wefes I, Arendash G, and Potter H. Mutant amyloid-beta-sensitized dendritic cells as Alzheimer’s disease vaccine. J Neuroimmunol, 2008. 200(1-2): p. 1-10.

Mouse in hand

Cao C, Lin X, Wahi MM, Jackson EA, and Potter H, Jr. Successful adjuvant-free vaccination of BALB/c mice with mutated amyloid beta peptides. BMC Neurosci, 2008. 9: p. 25.

Photos courtesy of the National Institute on Aging, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Rama.  Page reviewed on July 8, 2015.