Cancer Data Science Pulse

The Cancer Data Science Pulse blog provides insights on trends, policies, initiatives, and innovation in the data science and cancer research communities from professionals dedicated to building a national cancer data ecosystem that enables new discoveries and reduces the burden of cancer.

My previous post highlighted how the imaging community is leveraging NCIP Hub's capabilities to run its image analysis needs and to collaborate on tool development. This post discusses how the NCI plans to use NCIP Hub to address the need for robust, reliable translational use of mouse and human-in-mouse models.

Researchers are using 3D printing to gain insights that contribute to advances in basic biomedical research and the development of precision medical therapies by creating 3D models of pathogens, tumors, normal tissues, cells, and biomolecules. Dr. Sriram Subramaniam, principal investigator in the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR), uses 3D printing as both an educational and a research tool.

As a scientific repository, the NCIP Hub can store community-generated data, tools, and other resources. Members can upload tools, conduct analyses, and collaborate, giving researchers the opportunity to engage with and leverage each other's expertise.

One of the major goals of the NCIP is to help facilitate open innovation and scientific collaboration in the cancer research and informatics community.

To the Cancer Informatics Community, As you may know, Dr. George Komatsoulis, Deputy Director of the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), will be leaving the NCI on May 2, 2014 to join the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine, where he will be focusing on Big Data and Precision Medicine. This is a great opportunity for the NCBI to benefit from George experience in putting together the NCI Cloud Computing strategy.

While working with big genomics data can be very challenging, it can also be fun. And when your team wins a competition, it's positively exhilarating, as our NCIP Computational Genomics Research Group discovered while participating in the 8th annual set of challenges posed by The Dialogue on Reverse Engineering Assessment and Methods (DREAM) project.