In recognition of his excellence over the last nine years at transforming the research computing environment at Cincinnati Children’s, Michal Kouril, PhD, an assistant professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics, has won the Service Achievement Award from the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation for 2017.
As director of Research IT services, Kouril has “built an exceptional data and technology infrastructure that surpasses the capabilities at other pediatric institutions and has powered significant research advances,” the award states.
Kouril’s contributions to the research environment impact thousands of researchers, supporting basic, translational and clinical science across Cincinnati Children’s. His list of accomplishments includes establishing a robust research network environment; initiating a dedicated data exchange system with the University of Cincinnati; designing and implementing a self-service research data storage network connecting research divisions; supporting the infrastructure for Cincinnati Children’s clinical research data warehouse; helping develop best practice policies to meet and exceed federal, state and institutional mandates; and establishing a monthly research IT training series.
“Thanks to his efforts, Cincinnati Children’s has greatly increased capabilities for technology-related projects, as evidenced by dramatic growth in high-performance computing cores, research servers, research databases, research storage capability and users,” the award states.
The Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation recognizes faculty achievement each year with achievement awards in the areas of research, clinical care, education, entrepreneurship, mentoring, advocacy and service. In all, 14 individual faculty and two teams were recognized with achievement awards this year. Learn more about all the 2017 Faculty Award recipients.