Biomedical Informatics has become an essential component of research that advances the frontiers of genomic science. The increasing volume and rapid output of genomics and other molecular data has created a great challenge for scientists who need to reduce and interpret massive volumes of data into meaningful results. Bioinformatics entails the creation of databases for storing data; algorithms for analyzing data; tools to integrate, compare, and visualize data; and highly specialized computational scientists to build the infrastructure and interpret disparate datasets.
The Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) was launched in 2012 as an academic hub for innovative research in the field of biomedical informatics – a specialization of bioinformatics – with the goal of enabling more individualized approaches to health care based on patient genetics. ICBI’s mission is to enhance translational research at Georgetown University Medical Center and, in turn, attract and educate the next generation of scientists and physicians for which biomedical informatics will be an integral part of both biomedical research and clinical practice.
Biomedical informatics translates data into clinical knowledge, thereby enabling rapid discoveries via computerized analysis of genomic data generated from large cohorts of patients. These discoveries are driving burgeoning field of personalized medicine, which has the potential to accelerate drug discovery and patient care.