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Bioinformatics: Medical Applications

May 29, 2014

Bioinformatic scientists develop computational and statistical methods to understand disease mechanisms and design disease interventions. Spurred by an avalanche of genomic and other omics data, “the biomedical research enterprise is increasingly becoming data-intensive and data-driven” (Mission Statement, NIH Big Data to Knowledge [BD2K] Initiative). Accordingly, bioinformatics has become an essential component of all biomedical projects and a core competency for all biomedical scientists. This symposium featured distinguished bioinformatics scientists from the United States and around the world, who presented some of the latest applications of bioinformatics in medicine and health care.


Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to the three poster award winners:

Best poster in the Bioinformatics Research category:

Yichao Sun, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 

Integrative Analysis of Complex Cancer Genomics and Clinical Profiles Using the cBioPortal.

Best poster in the Translational Research category:

Michael Castro, CUNY Hunter College, School of Public Health    

A needs assessment among clinical providers of desired HIV information.
Best poster in the Basic Research category:

Raymond Ford, The University of Texas at El Paso

Bioinformatics Computational approaches to identify DNA motifs for genes expressed in the mushroom body of Drosophila melanogaster.
You can find all poster abstracts here. (pdf)
Symposium Planning Committee: 

Co-chair: Paul Feinstein, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Co-chair: Weigang Qiu, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Fabien Campagne, Weill Cornell Medical College

Hilary Monaco, Graduate Student, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Denise Charles, Hunter College CTBR

Carlos Lijeron, Hunter College CTBR


Program Leadership: 

Jesus Angulo, Principal Investigator, Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), Professor of Biological Sciences, Hunter College, CUNY
Rodrigo Valles, Jr., Associate Program Director, Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), Hunter College, CUNY
Julianne Imperato-McGinley, Associate Dean of Translational Research, Weill Cornell Medical College


CTBR Staff: 
Coordinator: Denise Charles, Program Administrator for Communications and Outreach
Leah Abraha, Program and Evaluation Coordinator
Megan Anderson, Collaborations and Development Coordinator
Richard Baldwin, Web Programmer
Vincent Cayenne, Web Programmer
Christine Gonzalez, Associate Program Manager
Carlos Lijeron, Assistant Director, Bioinformatics Facility
Jeanne Waxman, Program Manager

Shirley Yang, Program Coordinator