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New informatics tool makes the most of genomic data

The rise of genomics, the shift from considering genes singly to collectively, is adding a new dimension to medical care; biomedical researchers hope to use the information contained in human genomes to make better predictions about individual health, including responses to therapeutic drugs. A new computational tool developed through a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic combines multiple types of genomic information to make stronger predictions about what genomic features are associated with specific drug responses.

The Knowledge Engine for Genomics Gains Momentum

Across the Midwest, summer is the season of growth. For KnowEnG, a Center of Excellence established by an NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative award to the University of Illinois in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, this summer’s activities have highlighted both how much has already been accomplished in the past two years and the promise of its newest directions.


Collaborating to Strengthen the Research Workforce of Tomorrow

The Knowledge Engine for Genomics (KnowEnG) Center at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois is partnering with Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., in an innovative program to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. The collaboration aims to prepare underrepresented minority undergraduates for entry into competitive M.D. or graduate programs by teaching them to apply computational thinking and statistical and informatics tools to address biomedical research challenges.

Harnessing the Power of Big Data: A Revolution in Genomic Data Analysis

Internet search engines like Google allow us to search and parse the collective knowledge of the world—they anticipate the user’s questions, remember preferences, deliver information quickly and clearly.  Why can’t researchers trying to discover the most effective disease treatment employ the same analytical power to the knowledge discovery challenges of their work?

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