About Profiles


Profiles is a research networking and expertise mining software tool. It not only shows traditional directory information, but also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the broad research community.

When you view a person's profile, three types of information are displayed:
  1. Managed Descriptions
    This is the typical information listed in a research profile, including name, titles, affiliation, phone number and email address. Faculty can edit their own profiles, adding publications, awards, narrative, and a photo.

  2. Passive Networks
    Passive networks are formed automatically when faculty share common traits such as being in the same department, working in the same building, co-authoring the same paper, or researching the same topics (as defined, for example, by the "MeSH" keywords or other keywords assigned to their publications). The passive networks a person belongs to are shown on the right side of the page when viewing a profile.

  3. Active Networks
    Active networks are the ones that you define. When users who login to the website view other people's profiles, they can mark those people as collaborators, advisors, or advisees. In other words, you can build your own network of people that you know. Currently, you can only see the networks that you build. In the future you will be able to share these lists with others. Active networks are shown on your left sidebar.

Why are there missing or incorrect publications in my profile?

Publications are added both automatically from PubMed and manually by faculty themselves. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to match articles in PubMed to the profiles on this website. The algorithm used to find articles from PubMed attempts to minimize the number of publications incorrectly added to a profile; however, this method results in some missing publications. Faculty with common names or whose articles were written at other institutions are most likely to have incomplete publication lists. We encourage all faculty to login to the website and add any missing publications or remove incorrect ones.

Can I edit my keywords, co-authors, or list of similar people?

These are derived automatically from the PubMed articles listed with your profile. You cannot edit these directly, but you can improve these lists by keeping your publications up to date. Please note that it takes up to 24 hours for the system to update your keywords, co-authors, and similar people after you have modified your publications. Keyword rankings and similar people lists are based on algorithms that weigh multiple factors, such as how many publications you have in a subject area compared to the total number of faculty who have published in that area and how long ago the articles were written.

What is National Search?

In addition to using keyword searches to find researchers with particular area expertise at Charles Drew University, CDU’s instance of Profiles provides the ability to input keywords and simultaneously search for experts at over 30 institutions nationally. This is intended to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration. To use this feature, click on “New Search” in the menu, type the keyword into the box below “Search Nationally” and click the “Search” button.

Who created Profiles?

Profiles Research Networking Software was originally developed under the supervision of Griffin M Weber, MD, PhD, with support from grant number 1 UL1 RR025758-01 to Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center from the National Center for Research Resources.

The Charles Drew University (CDU) instance of Profiles is brought to you by the Biomedical Informatics functions of the Accelerating eXcellence In translational Science (AXIS) program with support from NIMHD grant number U54 MD007598 (formerly U54 RR026138) and the UCLA CTSI with support from grant number UL1TR000124.

Who provides CDU researchers with Profiles support?

Members of the Concierge subgroup of the AXIS Biomedical Informatics Function will provide CDU researchers with support in troubleshooting problems that may arise when you edit or update your profile. Please go to request a service for assistance.

Faculty members can directly update their narratives, honor and awards, and add publications that are not listed on their profile page (for example, publications not listed in PubMed). This can be done by logging in to CDU Profiles using the same username and password you use for your CDU email.

Information on a faculty member’s academic rank, administrative title, college, department, office address, phone number and email address gets updated quarterly with data obtained directly from the CDU Office of the Provost and cannot be directly modified by a faculty member. Since this information is updated quarterly, there might be delays in reflecting a change in rank, etc. Any perceived errors in this information should be brought directly to the attention of the Office of the Provost.
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