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BioInform s Funding Update: Some Recent NIH Awards in Bioinformatics: Jun 21, 2004

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Aromatic Metabolism: A Web of Biochemical Networks. Start date: May 2004. Expires: April 2007. Amount: $71,164. Principal investigator: Roy Jensen. Institution: Individual award. NIH Institute: NLM.

Project to detail the biochemical mechanisms and enzymological features of aromatic metabolism and integrate this information into a database that can eventually be “maintained, improved and progressively expanded to other metabolic networks,” according to the researchers.


Decision Support Software for Proteomic Researchers. Start date: June 2004. Expires: Dec. 2004. Amount: NA. Principal investigator: John Damask. Institution: Damask Solutions. NIH institute: NCRR.

Phase I SBIR award funds development of an open proteomic decision support system that will aid computer-assisted discovery research. The researchers will design a data warehouse model to support the addition of biological meaning to experimental data that will act as an integrated proteomic repository to facilitate data mining efforts in drug discovery. Specific aims of Phase I include developing initial requirements for the system; developing an object model; designing a data warehouse; and prototyping, testing, and evaluating the system.


A DVD Atlas of Biological Macromolecules. Start date: June 2004. Expires: March 2005. Amount: $99,510. Principal investigator: Monique Benoualid. Institution: Haon. NIH institute: NIGMS.

Phase I SBIR project to integrate PDB data and available structural biology literature into a “high-quality video atlas of macromolecular structure and function.” The researchers will create a prototype atlas entry of the chymotrypsin molecule and distribute the prototype DVD to focus groups for review and comment.


High Performance Computer System for Molecular Modeling. Start date: June 2004. Expires: May 2005. Amount: $495,564. Principal investigator: Benoit Roux. Institution: Weill Medical College of Cornell University. NIH institute: NCRR.

Supports the acquisition of a high-performance computer system to enable a consortium of 10 independent investigators to carry out structural biology and biomolecular modeling projects at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The researchers “seek dedicated and efficient access to an enhanced local computation resource composed of state-of-the-art in hardware and software with parallel capability, large memory, and high speed performance.”


Predoctoral Bioinformatics Training at UCSC. Start date: July 2004. Expires: June 2009. Amount: $104,450. Principal investigator: Richard Hughey. Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz. NIH institute: NIGMS.

Funds a pre-doctoral bioinformatics training program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, geared toward students with science, computing, and statistical backgrounds.

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