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Georgetown Medical Center collaborates to develop cancer research database
Date:7/29/2008

surgical patient data and biospecimen data by specially trained research associates, extracting clinical data from existing clinical systems, developing an enhanced collaborative relationship with the MedStar Health system, which owns and operates Georgetown University Hospital through a clinical partnership agreement with the university, and eventually developing partnerships with national health systems to establish a network of biobanking partnerships for specimen collection.

"Indivumed's approach to standardized and high-quality biobanking and data management as a foundation for individualized medical treatment aligns well with GUMC's approach to a database of cancer," says Hartmut Juhl, MD, CEO of Indivumed and former GUMC faculty member.

The collaboration is a key step in the future development of the Georgetown Database of Cancer (G-DOC) at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown. The G-DOC will be designed to marry clinical information from patients in clinical trials with molecular characteristics of their cancer. This effort will define the molecular features that underlie prognosis and responsiveness to therapy in patients, providing a basis for personalized medicine and a tool for target discovery and drug development.

"Georgetownand its Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centeris committed to reducing the burden of human cancer through the discovery and early adoption of cutting-edge systems biology-based tools," says Louis M. Weiner, MD, director, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Lombardi is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the country and the only one in the Washington area. "Collaborating with a company with an established, successful research strategy such as Indivumed brings together the strengths of both institutions in order to achieve this goal."


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Contact: Laura Cavender
lsc6@georgetown.edu
202-687-5100
Georgetown University Medical Center
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