June 2, 2008

C2B2 Awarded caBIG Knowledge Center

The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2), in collaboration with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has a received a 3-year award from the National Cancer Institute to establish and operate the Molecular Analysis Tools Knowledge Center of the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™) initiative. The mission of the Knowledge Center is to promote the adoption of caBIG™ technologies aiming to facilitate the discovery of the next generation of cancer diagnostics and therapeutics which will help realize the vision of molecular and personalized medicine. geWorkbench, the bioinformatics platform of the MAGNet Center, will be one of the tools supported by the Knowledge Center.

The caBIG™ initiative, overseen by the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, was conceived to advance basic and clinical research on cancer and improve clinical outcomes for patients. Information such as patient registries, tissue management data, and study results can be uploaded to the grid-based system.