NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (GenomeWeb News) - The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) said today that it has been awarded two grants totaling $2.8 million to support biomedical informatics research.
One grant, a $1.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health, will establish a Planning Center for Biomedical Computing at the university, where biomedical scientists will work with computational scientists to develop new techniques for storing, managing, analyzing, modeling, and visualizing multi-dimensional data sets that describe complex diseases, the university said.
A second grant of $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation will support the development of computational methods to integrate genomic and clinical data.
"These grants are about clinical bioinformatics," said Aidong Zhang, professor of computer science and engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and principal investigator on the two grants. "Our goal is to develop computational and visualization tools to integrate data from population studies and clinical data, such as results of lab tests, MRI tests, and others with pattern-analysis results on the genomic data, allowing medical scientists to more easily discover the meaningful connections between the two."