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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.

NCI’s Center for Cancer Research invites applicants with image processing, machine learning, and deep learning experience to be considered for a federal image bioinformatics scientist position supporting the Artificial Intelligence Resource. The successful candidate will develop and implement automated imaging and data processing workflows to analyze large image data sets generated by confocal microscopes.

The NCI Cancer Research Data Commons has recently added 1,000 new clinical outcome data files for Clinical Proteomic Tumor Atlas Consortium (CPTAC) studies to NCI’s Genomic Data Commons and Proteomic Data Commons.

More than 70,000 CT scans from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) are now publicly available (no data access request needed). Read more to learn how to access this data through NCI resources.

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 Cancer Research Data Commons’ Imaging Data Commons (IDC) has updated to include more features and 16 terabytes of medical imaging data files for cancer researchers and imaging informaticists.

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.

The NCI Genomic Data Commons now has two new projects from studies about the potential health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation from the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine.

Apply to join the bioinformatics community at NCI’s sister institute, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). NHGRI’s Childhood Complex Disease Genomics Section is recruiting a bioinformatics-focused postdoctoral fellow to analyze phenotypic and genomic data in support of research for a broad range of childhood health issues in African and African-ancestry populations.

CBIIT Director, Dr. Tony Kerlavage, along with NCI staff and a host of experts in childhood cancer research, recently published an article, “Cancer Informatics for Cancer Centers (CI4CC): Scientific Drivers for Informatics, Data Science, and Care in Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer,” in JCO Cancer Clinical Informatics. The article summarizes the Fall 2020 CI4CC Symposium and showcases the scope of initiatives underway to address childhood cancer, with a particular emphasis on how data science and informatics are helping to support these initiatives.

Supplementary proteomics data from the most comprehensive molecular map of lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) is available in the NCI Proteomics Data Commons (PDC).