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University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, CaBIG

HAITI: University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Launch Bioinformatics Project
A bioinformatics research project at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic has received $1.2 million under a $7 million Minnesota state grant program funding biotechnology and genomics studies.
The project, called High Throughput Sequence Analysis Infrastructure Technology Investigation, or HAITI, is led by Jean-Pierre Kocher of Mayo Clinic, and Sushmita Singh of the University of Minnesota. Its goal is to “streamline management and analysis of large amounts of genetic data produced by new medical genomics research,” Mayo Clinic said this week.
In addition to this project, the new infrastructure grants from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics will fund brain imaging technology for disease studies, will create a crystallization facility for studying medical conditions at the molecular level, and will provide equipment and materials for research on congenital heart disease.
The partnership includes the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and the State of Minnesota.
"These new awards reflect the partnership's continuing commitment to build Minnesota's bioscience infrastructure, while avoiding expensive duplication of technologies," University of Minnesota partnership program director Mark Paller said in a statement.

CaBIG solicits Next Round in Support Service Provider Program
The cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid’s Support Service Provider Program has announced another round of solicitation for companies. Firms can approach caBIG to become licensed caBIG Support Service Providers in the areas of help desk support, adaptation and enhancement of caBIG-compatible software applications, deployment support for caBIGsoftware applications, documentation, and training materials and services.
The announcement can be downloaded here
CaBIG is run by the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology. Additional information about the caBIGSupport Service Provider Program can be found here.
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00PM EST on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, and must be completed in accordance with instructions in the announcement.
Companies can submit questions concerning the announcement no later than 5:00PM EST on October 27, 2008 by sending an email to [email protected]. Responses to all questions submitted will be posted here.  

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