NIH issues plan for biomedical computing net

The National Institutes of Health last week laid the groundwork for a decade-long effort to build a national biomedical computing infrastructure. NIH launched the effort with Digital Biology Week, an event at the agency's campus in Bethesda, Md., where the Health and Human Services Department unveiled the National Centers for Biomedical Computing.

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. NIST and NSF will focus on biomedical research standards and information processing in biological organisms for the emerging field of systems biology.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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