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Biomedical Information Technology

The objective of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge to address these challenges. We focus on the storage, integration, querying and management of heterogeneous, voluminous, geographically dispersed biomedical data. In addition to primary data, such as experimental data, the methods also address derived data such as those from analyzed microscope images.

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Biology and medicine are moving into a new era that is characterized as being “data-rich.” In biological research, a single laboratory can produce terabytes of data per month that needs to be shared across the research community. Drug development involves analyzing hundreds of compounds with laboratory tests that generate huge amounts of data that must be analyzed and shared. Clinical trials assay thousands of individual data elements on hundreds of patients over many time points.
The objective of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge to address these challenges. We focus on the storage, integration, querying and management of heterogeneous, voluminous, geographically dispersed biomedical data. In addition to primary data, such as experimental data, the methods also address derived data such as those from analyzed microscope images. Examples of pathway analysis methods and the sharing and storage of the data that they generate will be presented. Querying across multiple databases is described, where the databases can be as diverse as microarray experiments, curated databases compiled by domain experts, or biomedical images. Other data sources include medical records, information on disease, references to literature, and biological pathways predicting protein expression. Several current examples from biological research will be presented.

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