George Mason Hosts Bio IT Conference

Posted: May 4, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

“Using Advanced Information Technologies to Develop Personalized Medicine/Healthcare,” part of an annual conference on bioscience and information technology, will take place today in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. The session will focus on the interaction between personalized medicine and advanced information technologies.

The conference is expected to “explore many of the dimensions and sciences, including the critical foundations needed to support personalized medicine and potential and emerging technologies such as telemedicine-based surgery, molecular imaging-based diagnostics and allelic prescriptions,” according to the BIO IT Coalition, which is sponsoring the event with Mason.

The event will start with a keynote address on “Developing Personalized Medicine” by Lance Liotta and Emanuel F. Petricoin, co-directors of Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology.

The rest of the day will be devoted to concurrent track sessions on research and development, business development and clinical informatics.

The luncheon address, “Industry Perspective,” will be presented by Kevin Davies, executive editor of Bio-IT World, and the capstone address, “The Cancer Genome Atlas and the Future of Personalized Medicine,” will be given by Anna D. Barker, deputy director for strategic scientific initiatives, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

On Friday, the conference will move to the Prince William Campus, where Katherine Rowan and Carl Botan, Mason communication professors, will address “Effective Ways to Communicate or Explain Science to Lay Audiences.” A tour of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, led by Liotta and Petricoin, will follow.

For more information, visit the BIO IT Coalition web site.

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