Biomedical informatics gets a boost with $2.5 million grant

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Published August 7, 2017

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Peter Elkin, MD

Peter Elkin, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, director of the informatics core of UB’s CTSI, and director of the new training program

A new five-year $2.5 million grant to the Department of Biomedical Informatics will train a new cadre of research leaders skilled in analyzing and interpreting big data.

The funding, known as T15, from the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, supports doctoral and postdoctoral level training for research careers in biomedical informatics and data science. The training programs are designed to meet the growing need for investigators trained in biomedical computing, data science and related fields with applications in health care clinical informatics, translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics.

“The NLM grant puts the department at the forefront of this rapidly changing field,” said Peter Elkin, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and director of the new training program. Elkin also is director of the informatics core of UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

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