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

The NIH Office of Data Science Strategy, in partnership with the Howard University Research Centers for Minority Institutions Program, is hosting a virtual codeathon June 21–24, 2021, for addressing health disparities. Applications are due Monday, April 26, 2021.

CBIIT’s Dr. Keyvan Farahani, imaging informatics program director, has been selected as a 2021 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Fellow for his distinguished contributions to cancer imaging research, medical physics, and the AAPM scientific society.

NCI is soliciting applications for the reissuance of its Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) program. One of the Funding Opportunity Announcements, titled “Proteogenomic Data Analysis Centers for CPTAC,” should be of particular interest to the data science community since awardees will have the chance to develop computational tools for the analysis, integration, and visualization of CPTAC data.

In partnership with The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine released a special virtual issue of Medical Physics in March 2021 titled, “Datasets Hosted in NCI’s Cancer Imaging Archive.” This special issue aims to highlight valuable examples of both Medical Physics Data Set Articles (MPDAs) and publicly available data sets that can be reused for future research endeavors and utilized for addressing emerging scientific or clinical questions.

New cancer genomic data sets from the Count Me In, Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium, and Human Cancer Models Initiative projects are now available through NCI’s Genomic Data Commons.

Attending the 2021 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting? Here are a few event and poster sessions you won’t want to miss to learn more about the latest NCI data science, data commons, and cancer research activities.

NIH’s National Library of Medicine recently released a Request for Information (RFI) on the use of Common Data Elements (CDEs) in the context of research on COVID-19. These comments will be used to inform NIH’s continuing development of guidance on CDE use for COVID-related research. RFI responses are due by May 10, 2021.

The NIH Library is recruiting a technical information specialist to serve as coordinator for the NIH Library Bioinformatics Support Program. In this position, the specialist will help NIH researchers and staff (including those at NCI) understand how to learn and apply bioinformatics analysis techniques to their research.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched the “COVID-19 TOPx” technology sprint to develop digital solutions for the effective collection and reporting of COVID-19 diagnostics data. Data scientists, cancer researchers, and the greater public may provide feedback on these solutions in a live virtual demo on April 1, 2021.

Join the NIH data scientist community by becoming an NIH DATA Scholar at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The Center is looking for a data scientist to play an integral role in evaluating and furthering the research understanding of thousands of rare diseases. Applications are due by April 9, 2021.