April 2022: A new initiative for collaborations in Cancer Bioinformatics and AI
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics aims to promote excellence in clinical bioinformatics research by bringing together bioinformatics scientists and clinicians. A kickoff meeting to introduce the new grant program and create contacts between researchers and clinicians took place on Friday April 29 2022.
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics aims to promote excellence in clinical bioinformatics research by bringing together bioinformatics scientists and clinicians.
The Center, partnering with the Cancer Biology Research Center (CBRC), Djerassi Oncology Center, and Tel Aviv University Center for AI and Data Science (TAD), will provide several one-year research grants in the field of cancer bioinformatics and AI, to support collaborative efforts between clinicians and basic research scientists.
A kickoff meeting to introduce the grant program and create contacts between relevant collaborators from the various disciplines took place on Friday April 29 2022, at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, TAU.
Some 40 clinicians and TAU researchers participated in the event. It started with brief introductions of the four TAU Centers collaborating in this program by Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro (CBRC), Prof. Meir Feder (TAD), Prof. Noam Shomron, (Djerassi Institute) and Prof. Elhanan Borenstein (Edmond J. Safra Center). It was followed by a keynote of Prof. Eytan Ruppin, Chief of Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH. Prof. Ruppin gave an engaging talk titled “Bulk and single cell transcriptomics-based precision oncology”, including lively Q&A during the talk.
After the talk, participants split into round tables for moderated topical discussions. The discussed topics were:
- Biomarkers, Early detection & Diagnosis
- Genomics, Multiomics, Microbiome
- Advanced therapies: Intralesional therapies, Neoadjuvant/Adjuvant
- Metastasis, Tumor microenvironment and Tumor dormancy
- Prevention, Screening, Radiology
There were two rounds of discussions and a coffee break between them for informal interactions.
Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro concluded the event by introducing the new call for research grants that will support joint research proposals of collaborative efforts between clinicians and basic research scientists. A total of 900,000 NIS will be awarded, with up to 200,000 NIS per grant. The deadline for proposal submission is 07/06/2022.
The successful event led to creation of many new contacts between researchers and clinicians, and kicked off discussions on collaborations and possible joint grant writing.
For pictures from the event click here.