NIH to detail biomedical computing agenda

The National Institutes of Health next week will begin laying the groundwork for a decade-long effort to build a national biomedical computing infrastructure.

NIH will launch the effort with Digital Biology Week, an event running from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7 at the agency's campus in Bethesda, Md.

The Health and Human Services Department agency will discuss plans for the NIH National Centers for Biomedical Computing. NIH has posted information about the new agency online.

NIH plans to spend $14 million to $17 million next year on three or four new centers to begin projects for the biomedical computing infrastructure. The centers and infrastructure are part of the Roadmap for Medical Research, through which NIH wants to speed research discoveries.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation are also participating in the project. NIST and NSF will focus on biomedical research standards and information processing in biological organisms for the emerging field of systems biology.

Click here to link to information about Digital Biology Week.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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