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Doing Business As Name:Florida International University
  • Naphtali D Rishe
  • (305) 348-2025
  • Ann M Liebschutz
Award Date:09/15/2011
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 49,138
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 49,138
  • FY 2011=$49,138
Start Date:09/15/2011
End Date:08/31/2012
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.079
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Knowledge Mining and Bioinformatics techniques to Advance Personalized Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Federal Award ID Number:1157372
DUNS ID:071298814
Parent DUNS ID:159621697
Program:Catalyzing New Intl Collab

Awardee Location

Street:11200 SW 8TH ST
Awardee Cong. District:26

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Florida International University
Cong. District:26

Abstract at Time of Award

This award, co-funded by the Catalyzing New International Collaboration and Smart Health programs, supports a workshop organized by Naphtali Rishe of Florida International University and Ann Liebschutz of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. The workshop on Knowledge Mining and Bioinformatics Techniques to Advance Personalized Diagnostics and Therapeutics is to be held in conjunction with the Up Close and Personalized - Personalized Medicine Congress in Florence, Italy, February 2012. The workshop will foster collaboration in the design and development of bioinformatics tools to analyze and process large quantities of clinical and genomic data. This topic is at the intersection of clinical data-mining, algorithms design and bioinformatics. As it is well known that one drug does not deliver the same results to all patients, this workshop seeks to spur international collaborations to enable identification of individual genetic differences affecting drug effectiveness, making possible personalized treatment plans that can both improve the quality of healthcare while reducing its cost. In particular, the workshop will seed collaborations between U.S., Israeli, Turkish and Palestinian scientists. Through the auspices of the Turkish Embassy and Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization, the workshop is intended to bring together a multidisciplinary group of scientists from the fields of computer science, pharmacology, neuroscience, public health, medical informatics and bioinformatics. These future endeavors will build on diverse areas of expertise and technologies in development to improve health care delivery internationally.

Project Outcomes Report


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The world has seen the human genome fully decoded by an international team of scientists after more than a decade of work to being available to scientists within days or hours. The question now is how will we use the wealth of information available to us through our newly understood genomic data and, further, given our massive computing power, rapidly evolving analytics and knowledge management paradigms, and the exponentially-growing global-scale network effect of social-media that threads across scientists, practitioners, and the general public, can we merge this information with all of a given person’s illness, wellness, and environmental data, , in order to better predict, prevent, diagnose and treat his or her medical problem in a timely and economically affordable manner?

The U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, in partnership with the Florida International University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Technion, has organized an international science workshop that brought together an international group of medical and computer scientists focused on just that, how to use knowledge mining and bioinformatics tools to advance personalized diagnostics and therapeutics ( Sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the workshop was held on February 4th and 5th in Florence, Italy, adjunct to the International Congress on Personalized Medicine ( The workshop's scientific steering committee includes Dr. Naphtali Rishe (Workshop Chair and NSF Principal Investigator), Dr. Yelena Yesha (Program Chair) and Dr. Eddy Karnieli (UPCP General Chair). Ann Liebschutz was the Organizational Chair.

The workshop brought together a group of 40 medical and computer scientists representing the United States, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Canada, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany. The workshop included four scientific sessions focusing on the policy implications of implementing personalized diagnostics and therapeutics based on big data analytics, the technological challenges facing computer scientists and physicians in creating useable systems, the challenges in utilizing big data analytics to predict future health outcomes, ...

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