The overall goal of the BMI Program is to bring the collaborative power of the University to bear on Translational 1 (“molecules to populations”) and Translational 2 (“data to knowledge”) research problems by developing informatics collaboration capabilities in investigator support, data integration and academics (that is, graduate programs and methods research). The University has particular strength in plant, animal and human science at the molecular level. The BMI Program is focused on developing the informatics skills and capabilities needed to translate that strength and apply it to the improvement of human health.
The BMI program will provide leadership and capabilities to provide core support services, integrate systems, and develop an academic program. Through these activities we create an environment in which individuals from diverse disciplines can interact, resources, services and technologies can be identified and accessed and local and regional barriers to collaborative research can be overcome (CTSA Goal 1). BMI educational programs will directly train the workforce required to lead, establish and support multi- and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research teams. BMI supports all other CTSI programs by providing foundational services for educational activities (CTSA Goal 2). The BMI Program enhances the quality and availability of cutting-edge technologies and novel research programs to accelerate the discovery, development and application of new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities by integrating data, enabling data management, and providing visualization and access to complex data sets (CTSA Goal 3). By focusing on key informatics needs, the BMI program will create new opportunities for clinical scientists and the public of Florida to collaborate in advancing education and research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of human disease. (CTSA Goal 4).
Now in its second year, the BMI program has organized UF’s existing informatics faculty, created a BMI lecture series and successfully obtained the VIVO grant to build a national network of scientists. A study registry and this portal are products of the BMI program. BMI provides leadership and insight into the Epic implementation and the construction of a new integrated data repository for the UF Academic Health Center.
For more information on the BMI program, please contact the program director, Mike Conlon (http://vivo.ufl.edu/individual/mconlon).