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Center for Biomedical Informatics & Data Science

At the Center for Biomedical Informatics & Data Science (CBIDS), we are working to advance the applications of data science and informatics toward improved biomedical research and healthcare at NUCATS and our clinical partners. Our vision is to create an integrated healthcare and research environment in which all available data are optimally leveraged for knowledge discovery and improved health. CBIDS spans two institutes at Northwestern, NUCATS and the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine (I.AIM).

CBIDS has been a major driver of NUCATS’ model of sustainable innovation, seeking out research barriers that can be overcome with informatics tools, developing new software and data platforms, testing usability and impact and then deploying these novel tools to the NUCATS community and to other institutions across the country. Visit the Resources section for a full overview of the services and software we offer.

Education & Training

CBIDS offers formal coursework through a variety of degree programs at the master’s and PhD levels.

We also offer weekly Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) Tuesdays seminars and we sponsor the annual Biomedical Data Science Day (coordinated by Nicholas Soulakis)

CBIDS offers introductory and training sessions for many of our developed and hosted software tools. Please see our calendar for upcoming training sessions. OpenHelix also provides a research portal to find the most relevant genomics resources and training on those resources. Through Galter Library, we provide access to a suite of bioinformatics tutorials.

Research Support

Dr. Firas Wehbe is the Feinberg Chief Research Information Officer and leads the Applied Research Informatics Group

Dr. Yuan Luo is the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer and leads deep phenotyping support

Dr. Nicholas Soulakis is Director of Data Science Services and coordinates a variety of  educational and cloud services offering

Daniel Schneider leads the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse Research Data Analytics team

Contact Us

For more information, contact manager Abby Cosentino-Boehm, DrPH, or director Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, at 312-503-2388.

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