U-Michigan receives $18.7M for National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As researchers in the biological sciences increasing rely on computers to obtain relevant knowledge from the torrent of biomedical data being generated, the University of Michigan Medical School has received an $18.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to begin imposing order on the myriad sources of biologic data, rendering them more integrated and more readily comprehended.

The five-year grant will fund a new National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics, with the goal of integrating genomic and molecular biology information into disease or biological models. One of seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing funded by the NIH and the only one not in California or the Northeast the NCIBI is expected to be operational for at least 10 years.

"The NCIBI award positions the University of Michigan and its partners at the center of the NIH Roadmap's vision for a national networked computational infrastructure for biomedical computing," says Brian D. Athey, Ph.D., the grant's principal investigator, and director, Michigan Center for Biological Information, and associate professor, Department of Psychiatry. "It is an honor for the NCIBI to be entrusted by the NIH with the opportunity to provide such great potential to help accelerate biomedical research discoveries and potential treatments."

The NCIBI will develop a framework of conceptual models, computational infrastructure and integrated knowledge repository that modern scientists need in order to make effective use of the wealth of data flowing from molecular biology and translational research. Through research and development that focuses on biomedical information integration, the NCIBI will help maximize the impact of computational technology developed in the Center and facilitate the work of many NIH-supported scientists nationally.

Ultimately, the goal of the NCIBI is to improve people's health. By examining large-scale molecular

Contact: Mary Beth Reilly
University of Michigan Health System

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