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Researchers Receive NCI Informatics Award

$3.5 million award to be used to help gain new insights from cancer imaging data.
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David Gutman and Lee Cooper will receive an NCI award.

Two Winship researchers will receive a $3.5 million Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) U24 award from the National Cancer Institute.

David Gutman and Lee Cooper, assistant professors in the Departments of Neurology, Biomedical Informatics, and Biomedical Engineering, will use the five-year award to develop software tools to help researchers gain new insights from cancer imaging data. The award will set the stage for novel applications in human cancer research, both at Winship as well as for the cancer research community as a whole.

Their work is focused on digital microscopy images of tissue slides that have traditionally been used by pathologists for diagnostic purposes. Advances in technology allow these slides to be stored as digital images, producing massive databases that can be explored using data analytics algorithms. "Our goal is to build tools to identify visual patterns in these images that can help us better understand cancer biology, or to improve accuracy of cancer prognosis," says Gutman. "This award is unique because it lets us take the tools we have developed beyond our labs to create an open-source resource for the cancer research community at large."

ITCR awards are intended to build tools to address the growing number of "big data" problems impeding cancer research. "All areas of medicine are experiencing an explosion of data, but this is especially true in cancer," says Cooper. "Transforming cancer data into knowledge that can benefit patients is one of the major challenges facing cancer researchers today."

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"Winship Researchers Receive NCI Informatics Award" Winship media release 3/5/15

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