Multiple Myeloma Research FoundationMultiple Myeloma Data Released in the NCI Genomic Data Commons

July 17, 2019 

Genomic and clinical data collected for nearly 1,000 cases of multiple myeloma by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) over eight years is now being shared with the cancer research community through the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Genomic Data Commons. Read the guest blog by Dr. Louis M. Staudt, Director of the NCI Center for Cancer Genomics, for more information on what this newly available data means for informing cancer treatments.

Senior Health Science Policy AnalystApply by July 19 to Join NCI's Office of Data Sharing as a Senior Health Science Policy Analyst 

July 16, 2019

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) seeks a dynamic professional to provide oversight for the development and evaluation of policies that focus on data sharing and biomedical informatics in support of research programs. Apply for this position by Friday, July 19.

The Senior Health Science Policy Analyst in the Office of Data Sharing (ODS) will develop legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals related to data sharing and ensure the effectiveness and compliance of data sharing activities. The ideal candidate will display a knowledge of the concepts, policies, and practices of data management and data sharing programs, alongside experience in promoting the exchange of biomedical data science solutions, technologies, and analytics. Learn more about NCI’s Office of Data Sharing.

Submit a Proposal to Build the Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA) by August 15

July 10, 2019

The functionality of the cancer data aggregator can be described as this: a user is currently on a data portal or application (for example one of the NCI Cloud resources from the Broad Institute, ISB, or Seven Bridges Genomics). That application will connect to the Cancer Data Aggregator through an API that allows users to query parameters for data sets. The aggregator then queries across the Cancer Research Data Commons (which will be secured by Auth/AuthZ authentication), NCI Data Coordinating Centers, and other NIH repositories, aggregating data that matches that query. The data will return to the aggregator to be transformed through a common data model. The aggregated data will then be displayed for the user on the portal or application where they initiated the query.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is requesting proposals to develop a query engine called the Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA). The CDA will allow users to aggregate data via queries across the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) nodes, NCI Data Coordinating Center (DCC) repositories,  and other NIH data repositories.  

The CDA is a critical component of the National Cancer Data Ecosystem, a key recommendation from the Cancer Moonshot (sm) Blue Ribbon Panel. Integrative cancer research is currently hampered by the fact that important data sets are stored in different repositories. The CDA will allow users to query across datatype-specific and program-specific repositories through a common data model, translating research and results into knowledge to inform cancer treatment and discovery.

Learn more about the CDA and submit your proposal by Thursday, August 15. 

NCI Childhood Cancer Data Initiative Invites Responses and Ideas to Enhance Data Sharing

June 24, 2019

Decorative image - Banner for CCDI Ideascale websiteCalling patients, parents, researchers, clinicians, advocates, data scientists, engineers, and developers! The NCI Childhood Cancer Data Initiative invites you and anyone with a bold idea to submit ideas to enhance data sharing for progress against childhood cancer by August 9th, 2019.

The ideas will help the National Cancer Institute develop recommendations on how to make the most of the federal investment to collect, analyze, and share data to address the burden of cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Read and respond to the questions posed by the initiative.

Vivian Ota Wang, Ph.D.Dr. Vivian Ota Wang of the National Cancer Institute's Office of Data Sharing Recognized as Change Agent for Sexual and Gender Minority Community

June 7, 2019

The National Institutes of Health Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion define change agents as visionaries and cultivators who act as a catalyst for change. Dr. Vivian Ota Wang of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Data Sharing (ODS) has been recognized as a change agent for the Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community and named a 2019 Ally Leader Awardee. In her position as Deputy Director of ODS, Dr. Ota Wang focuses on data access and sharing by bringing together her expertise in race, sex, and gender issues, and experience in science policy and research participation protections. 

Read more about Vivian’s impact and the importance of change agents now. 

Tony Kerlavage, Ph.D.Dr. Tony Kerlavage Named Director of NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT)

May 22, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces Dr. Tony Kerlavage as Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT). Tony has served as acting CBIIT director for two years and previously served as the Cancer Informatics Branch chief since 2012. Tony’s expertise and contributions to the cancer research community throughout his career make him a valuable addition to NCI leadership. 

Bookmark to stay up to date on current data science and informatics news, including insights from Dr. Kerlavage on data science at NCI, as CBIIT continues to support the NCI mission.

Amanda, a young cancer patient, and her mother Rosemary (left) at the NIH Clinical Center talking with a doctor from the NCI Pediatric Oncology Branch.NCI Invites Abstracts for Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) Symposium

May 21, 2019

NCI invites submission of abstracts to be considered for poster presentations at the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) Symposium, July 29–31 in Washington, D.C. Areas of interest for poster submission include research, methodologies, and tooling with focus in any of the following categories:

  • Scientific and clinical research data needs in childhood and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers
  • Establishing meaningful datasets for clinical care and associated research progress
  • Building infrastructure to enable federation among disparate databases
  • Extracting knowledge from data
  • Developing adequate and equitable policies for shared data resources 

Learn more about submitting your abstract for consideration.

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May 21, 2019

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) is excited to introduce two new features to the website. CBIIT’s former informatics blog, renamed as the Cancer Data Science Pulse, provides insights on trends, policies, initiatives, and innovation in the data science and cancer research communities. In addition, the CBIIT Speaker Series has been updated to the Data Science Seminar Series, a bi-weekly talk where thought leaders and innovators within and outside of NCI can share their work, discuss trends, and stimulate collaboration.

Visit the news and events section to find new blog posts and upcoming seminar series talks.

Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Request for ApplicationITCR RFAs Available for Innovative, User-Friendly Informatics Tools 

April 3, 2019

Four funding opportunities are now available from the NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program. Applicants should focus on innovative, research-driven, user-friendly informatics technology that spans the cancer research continuum. The requests for applications (RFAs), aimed at successive stages of informatics technology, are for algorithm development, prototyping and hardening, enhancement and dissemination, and sustainment. Letters of intent are due 30 days prior to the deadline.

Learn more about these funding opportunities.

BD-STEP Trains Tomorrow’s NeBD-STEP Big Data Training Programxt-Gen Big Data Scientists

March 19, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are recruiting postdoctoral fellows with backgrounds in physical sciences, advanced mathematics, or engineering for the Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP). BD-STEP is a two-year fellowship that matches individuals who have experience with data modeling and computer programming, as well as interests in clinical, health services, and bioinformatics research, to VA medical centers where they will participate in collaborative training in research-focused environments. This opportunity prepares the next generation of healthcare data scientists who will be capable of using large clinical and research data sets to efficiently and effectively advance cancer research.

Learn more about this fellowship opportunity and program.

Funding GrantsNew NCI K99 Award for Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00)

January 30, 2019

The Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00) is a new NCI training award suited towards postdoctoral fellows pursuing careers in data science and cancer control science. Unlike other K awards offered by NCI, this Early K99 is designed for researchers who typically require a limited period of mentored training beyond their doctoral degrees. This award will help these researchers completed the necessary training and make a timely transition to independent faculty positions.

Read more about this award and how to apply.

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NIH Releases New Strategic Plan for Data Science

June 2018

NIH released its first Strategic Plan for Data Science in an effort to support the storing, managing, standardizing, and publishing of data produced by biomedical research. This plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem.

Read the strategic plan, and learn more about the mission of advancing data science at NIH.

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Freely Available Special Issue of the AACR Journal Cancer Research: NCI Funded Computer Resources

November 2017

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), in collaboration with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), launched a special open-access issue of the journal, Cancer Research, with a focus on NCI funded computer resources. This special issue features an editorial by Drs. Juli Klemm, Warren Kibbe, and John Quackenbush. The issue highlights NCI’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Program, Cloud Resources, and Genomic Data Commons. It includes papers on a range of topics such as computing tools, machine learning, and data analysis in biomedical science.

Check out this special online-only issue now to learn about these freely available computing tools and resources that you can incorporate into your work.



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