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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 is launching the Cancer Moonshot℠ Seminar Series on September 24, 2020. The series will showcase the research progress from different Cancer Moonshot initiatives that support the 10 recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel report, including data sharing.

Dr. Juli Klemm, NCI program director and coordinator of NCI’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program, and Dr. Jeremy Warner, associate professor of medicine and biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University, recently served as guest editors on a special issue of JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics. The issue features articles describing ITCR tools that are helping to advance cancer research and care.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is encouraging investigators with diverse expertise in genetics, genomics, and data science to join the Impact of Genomic Variation on Function (IGVF) Consortium. Applications will be supported by funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), and investigators will be asked to develop a framework for systematically understanding the effects of genomic variation on genome function and how these effects shape phenotypes.

NCI Director, Dr. Ned Sharpless, will serve as keynote speaker at the Sixth Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop (CAFCW20), which will be held virtually on November 13, 2020. The CAFCW20 workshop will bring together clinicians, cancer biologists, mathematicians, data scientists, computational scientists, engineers, developers, and thought leaders interested in advancing computational approaches to better understand cancer. Abstracts may be submitted for this workshop, but they must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 8.

The latest repository in the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons, the Integrated Canine Data Commons (ICDC), has launched! The ICDC offers cloud-based public access to canine cancer data and with its connection to the NCI Cloud Resources, allows researchers to leverage over 1,000 analytics tools and pipelines for high-powered cloud computing and analysis.

The NCI Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center is now accepting proposals for contracts aimed at developing cloud-based imaging and multi-omic tools and de-identification solutions for the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC). Applications are due by Monday, October 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Do you have experience leading diverse, highly complex bioinformatics or data science programs in cancer research, overseeing significant resources, and advising on the research and development of informatics and data science technologies? If so, consider joining the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) as an Associate Director for Informatics and Data Science in CBIIT's Informatics & Data Science Branch. Learn more and apply by September 21, 2020.

If you have experience providing expert program management and advisory services on semantic infrastructure programs, consider joining the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) as a Program Director of Semantic Infrastructure. Apply by Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Harmony can mean different things to different professions, but in the new NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) video, musical harmony and data harmonization combine to show how the CRDC is helping to create a harmonious data ecosystem for better clinical outcomes.

NIH recently released a notice encouraging NIH-supported clinical programs and researchers to adopt and use U.S. Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) standards. USCDI classifications will ensure clinical data adhere to a unified standard, allowing researchers to more easily compare different data sets and enabling more in-depth analysis to further scientific discovery.