Shaping the Future of Cancer Data Visualization

August 31, 2020 - September 04, 2020

Data are only as useful as the insights we can glean from them. How might recent advances in interactive media and data visualization help illuminate and solve pertinent challenges in cancer research? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is organizing “DataViz + Cancer,” a series of virtual events to explore these questions and spark new collaborations with experts in cancer research, data visualization, user-experience, virtual/augmented reality, and game design/development.

There will be a series of four Micro Labs, each starting with a conversation between thought leaders from the Cancer MoonshotSM and creative visualization experts, followed by an opportunity to discuss the frontiers of cancer data visualization.

Micro Lab Overview

Micro Lab 1: August 31, 2020, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET


  • Tracy Fullerton is the director of the University of Southern California (USC) Game Innovation Lab who is pursuing the experimental design of games in cultural realms such as art, science, politics, and learning.
  • Corrie Painter is a patient advocate and research scientist at the Broad Institute. She directs “Count Me In,” which partners researchers with patients to speed cancer discoveries.

Register for Micro Lab 1

Micro Lab 2: September 1, 2020, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET


  • Joe Gray is the director of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Spatial Systems Biomedicine. Mr. Gray is creating a multi-scale tumor atlas and using systems analysis of extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting cancer.
  • Sabrina Culyba is an independent designer with experience spanning animatronics to theme park rides, virtual/augmented reality, and transformational games.

Register for Micro Lab 2

Micro Lab 3: September 2, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET


  • Nils Gehlenborg is a Harvard professor integrating visual and computational approaches to support sense-making of biology and reproducible collaborative research across epigenomics and genomics.
  • Kunle Odunsi is a physician scientist and co-leader of Roswell Park Cancer Center’s Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program where he works to advance diagnostics and treatments for gynecological cancer patients.

Register for Micro Lab 3

Micro Lab 4: September 4, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


  • Lindsay Grace is Knight Chair of interactive media at the University of Miami School of Communication where he is exploring social impact through design.
  • Karen Emmons is a National Academy member and Director of Harvard’s Community Engagement Program employing interdisciplinary approaches to reducing cancer risk and health disparities.

Register for Micro Lab 4

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