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AMIA Announces 2008 Summit on Translational Bioinformatics

Program to address a broad range of topics covering research-related issues and best practices in bioinformatics and computational biology

BETHESDA, Md., June 21, 2007 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors, in support of its strategic plan, has approved the development of an annual meeting that will explore topics related to translational bioinformatics. To reflect the growth of novel approaches in genomic medicine and biomedicine at the intersection of clinical care and to better serve its growing member population of translational scientists, AMIA recently added translational bioinformatics as one of its three major strategic domains. This effort, which complements initiatives in comparative medicine within the scientific community, will provide a platform to share innovative research processes that are transforming health care and will strengthen the clinical research enterprise.

"AMIA looks forward to sponsoring its inaugural research meeting focused totally on research in Translational Bioinformatics," says Don E. Detmer, MD, President and CEO. He continues, "AMIA became aware from conversations with experts in this domain that the pace of discovery and growth in this emerging field has outstripped current meeting capabilities. This particular meeting will help 'personalized' care take on a whole new level of meaning and benefit the AMIA community and health care as a whole."

AMIA Board Director, Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine (Medical Informatics) and Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, will lead the meeting as the Scientific Program Committee chair. Dr. Butte's laboratory focuses on solving problems relevant to genomic medicine by developing new methodologies in translational bioinformatics. He has
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