Archive for April, 2009
The National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics is currently hosting their Annual Research Meeting. Day Two is covering the work of the center. Currently, Dr. Jagadish is giving an overview on the tools that have been developed or are in development at the center including: MiMI, GIN, PubOnto (in development), PubAnatomy (in development), Gene2MeSH, etc. You can connect to the meeting remotely at: http://portal.ncibi.org/gateway/arm4.html
So have you noticed that everyone and their mother is applying for stimulus money? It’s crazy. Science magazine just posted an article about the craziness and the stress it is creating. Read about it here.
So PubChem is featuring calculated three dimensional conformers for about 88% of the records in its compound database. It also is clustering similar conformers and is providing a stand alone small molecule conformer viewer called Pc3D. Pc3D is the small molecule equivalent of Cn3D. Read the full NCBI News post here. Have fun!
So I think I’m going to have to do a little reflection (actually, I’m procrastinating on getting my real work done, but hey…). I was just in a Genetics Biology class this morning listening to a physician give a lecture on schizophrenia. And while the kids (I’m old enough to call these college students kids, by the way) asked some interesting questions on pharmacogenetics, etc., it was interesting to me that the doctor flat out admitted that he had little knowledge about the genetics involved with the clinical presentation of the disease.
So this is where translational research steps in, eh? At the recent, AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics, I had the honor of being on a panel presentation about Translational Research Support and Education: A Library-based Approach. Zak Kohane said something that I thought was pretty profound – Libraries will be the bastion of translational research. Yeah, I like that. Libraries don’t answer to one department; we answer to academia. We can be the bridge between basic science and public health.
I want desparately to be able to go to next year’s genetic biology class and see clinicians lecturing alongside bench researchers so that the students see how their study of genes has an impact on the epidemiology of a disease. Yeah, that’d be awesome.
Just my two cents (again).