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Keep up with the latest news from the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) and the data science communities.

On May 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) precisionFDA launched "Truth Challenge V2: Calling Variants from Short and Long Reads in Difficult-to-Map Regions." Participants may join this challenge to assess variant-calling pipeline performance on a common frame of reference consisting of difficult-to-map regions, segmental duplications, and the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). The submission period is open till June 8, 2020.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) awarded a contract to develop the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA) to a consortium led by the Broad Institute, Institute for Systems Biology, Seven Bridges Genomics, and General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Inc. The CDA is a query engine that will help researchers to find, sort, and pull together data from across the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC), NCI Data Coordinating Centers (DCC), and other repositories.

NCI's Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) has new data from the HIV+ Tumor Molecular Characterization Project (HTMCP).

NCI’s Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) has added new data sets from NCI’s Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Center (CPTAC), a national effort to accelerate the understanding of cancer’s molecular basis through large-scale proteome and genome analysis (a.k.a. proteogenomics). 

NIH's Common Fund recently issued Notices of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for its new program, Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa). In addition, NIH is hosting a DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform as part of this new program's launch that will include information about the FOAs and engage participants in robust scientific sessions that examine the state of data science in Africa.

The NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) is joining the ranks of the 23 international Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) driver projects. As a driver project, the CRDC will bring real-world data and experiences to guide the development of data sharing tools and standards.

An Ideas Lab is an intensive 5-day program for 30 participants (with a range of expertise and experience) to deepen their shared understanding of a complex challenge, redefine the problems within the challenge, and generate innovative ideas for research proposals. This Ideas Lab will focus on the creation of "digital twin technology."

NCI's Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research (OCCPR) released two new videos on post-translational modifications and bioinformatics as part of the "Principles of Proteomics" Series.

The PDC is a next-generation proteomic data repository within NCI’s Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) with corresponding genomics and imaging data sets to enable data access, analysis, and sharing for integrative research.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with the NIH, FDA, VA, and other stakeholders, developed the “National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda.” The Agenda articulates a vision of a health IT infrastructure that supports alignment between the clinical and research ecosystems allowing research to happen more quickly and effectively. Collaborators from each of these agencies, including CBIIT Director, Dr. Tony Kerlavage, describe the importance of this comprehensive and coordinated action in a newly published article, “Leveraging the Health Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure to Advance Federal Research Priorities.”