The NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Program: Building a Community of Practice in Cancer Informatics at AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium

November 18, 2019 01:45 p.m. - 03:15 p.m. ET
International Ballroom Center
Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dr. Juli Klemm will moderate a panel discussion during the 2019 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium. The panel will introduce the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program, an initiative to support investigator-initiated informatics technology driven by critical needs in cancer research. Investigators supported by ITCR will share their perspective on the importance and challenges in developing and disseminating informatics technology stemming from an academic setting using their own projects as case studies, and will discuss how:

  • programs like ITCR can benefit these efforts
  • their tools are benefiting the scientific goals of the targeted cancer research communities
  • interactions with end-users have shaped the development of their tool
  • the cancer informatics community of practice that is evolving through ITCR is promoting collaboration and interoperability within and beyond program participants

In addition, Dr. Klemm, NCI ITCR program coordinator, will provide a brief overview of NCI’s goals for supporting informatics technology development.

ITCR is a trans-NCI program supporting investigator-initiated, research-driven informatics technology development spanning all aspects of cancer research. The scope of the ITCR program is to serve informatics needs that span the cancer research continuum. Moreover, ITCR provides support for informatics resources across the development lifecycle, including the development of innovative methods and algorithms, early-stage software development advanced stage software development, and sustainment of high-value resources on which the community has come to depend.

Juli Klemm, Ph.D.

Dr. Juli Klemm serves as CBIIT’s acting Cancer Informatics Branch chief and the NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program director. Since joining NCI in 2007, her activities have focused largely on programs promoting open science, including the Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots (now Cloud Resources) and the Center’s open source initiatives. Dr. Klemm received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Utah and her doctorate in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she performed structure-function studies of protein-DNA interactions through x-ray crystallography. She was subsequently a Jane Coffins Childs Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, studying protein export from the nucleus during T-cell signaling. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Klemm worked at Incyte Corporation, where she was responsible for the management of several genomic information products, and 3rd Millennium, where she served as the Head of Scientific Consulting.

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