Biomedical Informatics

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The Biomedical Informatics (BI) component of GHUCCTS provides analytical and computational support with the goal of promoting clinical and translational research. Specific activities include support for common standards development, workflow tracking, molecular and clinical data integration, brokering secure access to de-identified patient data by physician researchers at GHUCCTS institutions, dissemination of the translational research data and results and support with all clinical trial management systems and tools.

The BI team also collaborates with several Washington, DC area based institutions to promote health information exchange, collaboration and education. The GHUCCTS’ team uses several technologies, approaches and secure methods to share patient demographics and health indicators enabling the research enterprise and an ecosystem capable of scaling to collaborate with national research networks.

Strategic goals for the BI component are to bring innovation to GHUCCTS and the national CTSA program in the following ways:

  • Drive personalized medicine research within the DC area based underserved population through innovative academic/private partnerships and unprecedented access to protected health data including molecular profiling and clinical outcomes.
  • Helping to establish an integrated and collaborative national network of de-identified genetic, imaging, clinical, economic, environmental, behavioral, and patient reported data from our affiliated institutions, which can be accessed by translational researchers.
  • Organize GHUCCTS datasets into industry standards and expose a standardized API for participation in CTSA and other national networks.
  • Build powerful clinical-omics databases and national standards such as the MVLD standard to drive regulatory science using enterprise class software development tools and best practices led by field experts.
  • Provide tools through the Georgetown Database of Cancer Plus (G-DOC) to curate, organize, rank, and validate evidence for disease-biomarker associations from literature, clinical trial repositories, and other Big Data sources.
  • Develop state of the art applications and ma
  • Work with professional societies and standards organizations to develop recommendations for precision medicine and disseminate consensus views.


The BI component of GHUCCTS is comprised of multiple centers and collaborators including:

The core organizes and sponsors regional annual biomedical informatics symposiums:

  1. Biomedical Informatics Symposium at Georgetown University
  2. Computational Biology and Informatics Symposium at Howard University
  3. MedStar Health Annual Research Symposium[CI1]