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New Biomedical Informatics Department Established at Harvard Medical School

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Harvard Medical School (HMS) will establish a new Department of Biomedical Informatics. The Department is scheduled to open on July 1, and will build on the existing center in biomedical informatics, which was established in 2005. Isaac S. Kohane, MD, PhD, co-director of the current Center for Biomedical Informatics, will serve as the inaugural chair of the new department. Faculty members in the new Department of Biomedical Informatics will come from a variety of disciplines, including statistics, physics and computer science. The Department will be focused on developing and implementing quantitative approaches to address medical decision-making, including the creation of a comprehensive information database to assist clinicians in treating their patients.

Stem Cell Fellowships Established at the University of Southern California

The Hearst Foundations have given a gift of $250,000 to support stem cell research at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the University of Southern California (USC). The fellowships will provide a startup package, including salary and benefits for a full year, to outstanding junior postdoctoral fellows pursuing stem cell research. Fellows will have access to vital resources throughout the USC Stem Cell community to position them to compete successfully for additional awards and fellowships at the national level. In May of last year, USC received a $2 million gift from The Broad Foundation to support senior postdoctoral fellows pursing stem cell research.

Stanford Receives $50 Million Grant to Support Vaccine Discovery

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $50 million grant over 10 years to Stanford University. The grant will support efforts to expedite vaccine development and will establish the Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center. Work at the Center will be focused on understanding how the immune system can be harnessed to develop vaccines for infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria. The grant will promote collaboration among researchers from a variety of disciplines at Stanford as well …

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