NIH grants USC $22.5M for biomedical informatics research

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The National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded the University of Southern California (USC) a grant totaling nearly $22.5 million over five years to support the Biomedical Informatics Research Network Coordinating Center at the university.

Under the leadership of Carl Kesselman, PhD, of the department of industrial and systems engineering and the Information Sciences Institute, both of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Biomedical Research Network brings together researchers who develop bioinformatics tools for the scientific community.

USC is the lead partner on the project, which includes collaborations with University of California Los Angeles, University of California, Irvine, the University of Chicago and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. With the grant, USC will focus on the field of bioinformatics—the computerized analysis of biological data.

The Biomedical Network will create a U.S. computer network that facilitates collaborative biomedical research, according to USC.

“Everyday, the Biomedical Informatics Research Network helps connect scientists with their colleagues nationwide to share data and refine analytic tools that can be used for multi-site data integration. Our partners are essential to advancing technologies, including new software-based solutions, which are crucial to discoveries that have broad applicability to biomedical research,” said Michael T. Marron director of the National Center’s division of biomedical technology.