CAFE - Common Application Framework Extensible

About Us


CAFE was created by USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Informatics Core (CRIC). Over the last 10 years the CRIC team has developed several software tools and applications to support the research activities of USC investigators using the CAFE framework.

CRIC services include design, development, customization, conversion and integration of legacy systems, testing, training and more.

USC Norris Cancer Center, Cancer Research Informatics Core (CRIC)
1450 Biggy St., NRT LG507, Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 442-7710

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Reed Comire (

Mark De Tomaso

Asma Faruki

Sapna Gupta

Louis Lee

Aavesh Naykodi

Charanya Ram Kumar

Shahrzad Morrison

Rucha Desai

John Casagrande, Dr.P.H.
CAFE founder,
Former Director of CRIC

Aarti Vaishnav
Former Director of CRIC

Richard Evans
CAFE Founder

Scott Catherall
CAFE Founder

Jeet Poonater
CAFE Framework Developer

Vaibhav Bora
CAFE Framework Developer



"I find CAFE overall the best compared to other databases I have used."
- Judy Villablanca, Associate Professor Clinical Pediatrics, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Medical Director, NANT

"I now always plan to incorporate the very reasonable costs of development of a CAFÉ database in my new grant submissions."
- Ann S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

"I can't speak highly enough of the skill and helpfulness of the Informatics Team at USC Norris. ...Informatics developed a customized version of CAFÉ that has proved to be a perfect fit for us in seminar event planning, tracking of program participants and more."
- Michelle Levander, Director, The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships

"Three years ago, the KSOM Research Advancement Office approached the Cancer Center Informatics Research Core (CRIC) about developing a grant awards and space occupation database for us to manage our $200M plus grant portfolio and KSOM’s 960,622 net square feet of space. (CRIC) worked closely with us to create a comprehensive database that is user friendly and invaluable in our day to day operations."
- Linda Mizushima, USC KSOM
- Janet A. Stoeckert, USC KSOM

"...Adding fields to café for capturing other unique information needed for reports can generally be done by CRIC quickly and efficiently."
- Kay Johnson

"I have found that just about any (CAFE) configuration is possible...(and) my staff members have found the databases easy to use."
- Ann S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

"The team has done a fabulous job developing the data management system and has been extremely responsive to any “tweaking” needed. As we submit our U01, I will definitely continue to use CAFÉ... It has far exceeded my expectations."
- Sharon A. Cermak
Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California