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

Data scientists, informaticists, and medical physicists are invited to develop the best, most generalizable models, algorithms, and approaches for breast density estimation using image-based distributed or federated learning.

The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research’s Laboratory of Human Retrovirology and Immunoinformatics has updated its bioinformatics resource system known as DAVID. The system provides investigators with a set of functional annotation tools to better understand the biological meaning behind large lists of genes.

Dr. Peng Jiang of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research Cancer Data Science Lab and his postdocs have developed an open-source computational tool called the tumor-resilient T cell (Tres) model. Tres analyzes gene activity in T cells to assess how those cells are likely to fare in an immunosuppressive environment.

Investigators from NCI’s Center for Cancer Research developed a software package to perform high-throughput analysis of extracellular vesicles, which are particles a cell releases that can promote cell growth and survival. NCI is now seeking research co-development partners and/or licensees for this biomarker analysis software.

If you’re attending the 2022 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting (either in person or virtual), don’t miss these data science sessions, poster presentations, and the NCI exhibit booth, where you can hear more about our programs and activities!

CBIIT Director, Dr. Tony Kerlavage, sat down recently for a podcast examining the evolution of NCI’s Data Commons. He tracked the development of the Cancer Research Data Commons, from its early pilots to today’s cloud-based infrastructure, with repositories of diverse data and more than 1,000 tools and resources.

NCI’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program supports a wide range of cancer informatics tools. Curious to see what those tools are and how they are integrated? Check out the ITCR Connectivity Map!

NCI's Division of Cancer Biology and IBM Research are hosting an "Ideas Lab" January 24-28, 2022. Cancer researchers, biomedical engineers, and computational experts are invited to team up and help design innovative approaches for modeling combination therapies to combat/treat cancer. The event registration deadline is Monday, November 22.

Staff from CBIIT and NCI, alongside partners from NIH, FDA, and a consortium of scientists from across the world, joined forces to create reference samples and data call sets to help the cancer community further decipher cancer-related gene mutations. Their findings were recently published in Nature Biotechnology.

The NCI Surveillance Research Program is hosting several webinars in October and November on resources for the analysis of SEER data and other cancer surveillance data. These webinars will include information on SEER*Stat, statistics, variables, methods, and software.