Computationally-intensive biomedical research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health


October 7, 2005


The need for computational partnerships in biomedical research has increased sharply in recent years as the Human Genome project and other high-throughput biomedical research has underscored important new requirements for data processing, information retrieval, database design, data mining, and quantitative biology. At the National Library of Medicine as well as a number of other Institutes at the National Institutes of Health campus, research funding opportunities increasingly require significant computational expertise, and specifically require applicants to include in the project collaborations between biologists and computational experts. This talk will provide a survey of current computationally-intensive opportunities at NIH, suggestions for computer scientists and engineers looking for biomedical partners, and some guidance about the NIH grant processes.


Milton Corn

Dr. Milton Corn is Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Director of the Library’s grant programs. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Medical School. Post-graduate training includes internal medicine at Harvard’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and hematology at Johns Hopkins. Most of his academic career was spent at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he held the appointment of Professor of Medicine. In 1984-85 he was Medical Director of Georgetown University Hospital. He served as Dean of Georgetown’s Medical School 1985-89. He joined N.I.H. in 1990, and administers a broad spectrum of grant programs in the domain of biomedical computing relevant for basic research, health care delivery and education. He is board-certified in internal medicine and hematology, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Medical Informatics.