Cutting-edge Research in Biomedical Informatics

The Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) at GUMC is an academic hub for cutting-edge research in biomedical informatics that will enhance basic and translational research and educate the next generation of scientists and physicians on integrating informatics into biomedical research and clinical practice.

Enabling Systems Medicine

The new and emerging field of Systems Medicine approaches biomedical problems in the clinical setting, leverages complex computational tools and high dimensional data, and offers the potential for individualized diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. ICBI members collaborate with experts in the fields of Oncology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Pediatrics, Neonatology and other clinical specialties to develop informatics tools and resources in support of Systems Medicine.

Informatics Knowledge Sharing

ICBI responds to a growing need to ensure that the clinicians, researchers, and students have ready access to education and training opportunities in biomedical informatics through think tanks, symposia, and degree programs.

Multi-disciplinary Teams At Work

Members bring a wide variety of diverse backgrounds and research activities to address key challenges in Systems Medicine. These unique areas of interest allow for the exchange of ideas and discovery, creating a dynamic research environment at ICBI.


Consultation and Services


Enormous volumes of molecular and clinical data are continually being generated and there is a tremendous need for both bioinformatics data analysis and databases that can integrate and store large volumes of disparate data types help scientists make sense of this data.  Biomedical informatics is helping to address these challenges toward  the goal of alleviating human suffering.

ICBI is a research group of data scientists within Georgetown University Medical Center that does biomedical informatics research and provides support to Georgetown faculty and staff in the numerous areas related to translational research.



Scientist Spotlight

  Robert Beckman, MD

 We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Beckman, M.D., an accomplished clinical oncology researcher and mathematical biologist, as a new faculty member of ICBI. Dr. Beckman is Professor of Oncology and of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Beckman has led the development of new oncology clinical research groups in numerous industrial settings (e.g. Glaxo Smithkline; Merck; Centocor, Inc; Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceuticals; and others), which has enabled the development of over 25 small molecule and macromolecular therapeutics for clinical testing. Two of these molecules are now available in the market: Hycamtin® for small cell lung cancer, and Astra Zeneca's Casodex® for adjuvant therapy of prostate cancer. 

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