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Eric Green named NIH's data science lead

Takes role on interim basis as part of expanding plans for data

Dr Eric Green, NIHDr Eric Green, current director of the National Human Genome Research Institue (NHGRI), is to serve as the first associate director for data science at the US National Institutes for Health (NIH).

Dr Green takes the role on an interim basis while the NIH attempts to find someone to take on the position on a permanent basis to lead its efforts to expand in health informatics.

NIH director Dr Francis Collins said: "There is an urgent need and increased opportunities for advanced collaboration and coordination of access to, and analysis of, the rapidly expanding collections of biomedical data.”

"NIH aims to play a catalytic lead role in addressing these complex issues — not only internally, but also with stakeholders in the research community, other government agencies, and private organisations involved in scientific data generation, management and analysis."

Current data-related projects the NIH is involved in include the funding of national centres of biomedical computing, part of which have been spun-out to create an international public-private pharmaceutical and genomic research project, called tranSMART.

This project offers a data repository with demographics, clinical observations, clinical trial outcomes, adverse events and biomarker data like gene expression and metabolism.

Dr Green has been director of the NHGRI since 2009, having previously served as scientific director of the Institute and director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (NISC).

22nd January 2013

From: Research, Healthcare

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