AACR 2014: NCI/NIH-Sponsored Session: Enhancing Scientific Discovery through Data Sharing and Biomedical Informatics: NCI Resources and Data Repositories

Sunday, April 06, 2014, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Room 28D-E, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

The ability to share and re-use data across the biomedical research community is vital to accelerating scientific discovery and clinical translation. Yet, challenges arise as datasets increase in size and diversity, as can be seen in the analysis of cancer genomes. Other areas of science, in particular those that involve contributions from several different disciplines like medical nanotechnology, require integration of different data formats between laboratories, highlighting the importance of data sharing and management. To address these needs, NCI supports a number of resources that facilitate data sharing between researchers, and the development of publically available data repositories and informatics tools. In this session, several NCI programs will discuss their efforts to provide data management, sharing, and analytical tools to the biomedical and cancer research communities. Specifically, speakers from the National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP) will give an overview of the developing NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots project in which researchers will be able to simultaneously access and analyze data through co-localized data repositories and advanced computing resources. The overall goals for this project and its interaction with the Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG) and its current Data Coordinating Centers (DCCs), as well as the future Genomics Data Commons (GDC) for genomics projects including TCGA and TARGET, will be highlighted in the discussion. Additionally, speakers from the NCIP Nanotechnology Working Group, which supports the informatics needs of cancer and nanotechnology researchers, will provide an overview of the group’s objectives, projects, and recent accomplishments. Publically available nanotechnology data repositories, the cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory data portal and the Nanomaterial Registry, will also be described in this session. Speakers will further address the development of standard vocabularies and data formats that will facilitate broader use of diverse datasets across disciplines, with a focus on challenges in establishment and utilization.


  •  Chairperson
  • Stephanie Morris. National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Md.
  • NCI genomics data commons
  • Jean C. Zenklusen. National Cancer Inst., Bethesda, Md.
  •  The NCI cancer genomics cloud pilots
  • Tanja M. Davidsen. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.
  • Informatics approaches for nanotechnology
  • Martin J. Fritts. Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, Md.
  •  The NIH Nanomaterial Registry
  • Anthony J. Hickey. Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
For more information, please visit the AACR website.