NCIBI/RTRN Partnership on Translational Bioinformatics

In 2009, The National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI) at the University of Michigan and RTRN partnered to establish an annual NCIBI/RCMI Workshop on Translational Bioinformatics to provide a platform to identify mechanisms for building and strengthening research collaborations on integrative biomedical informatics between RCMI and NCIBI researchers.

The NCIBI is one of seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) in the NIH Roadmap. NCIBI is based at the University of Michigan and is part of the UM Center for Computational Medicine and Biology (CCMB). The mission of the National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI), founded in October 2005, is to create targeted knowledge environments for molecular biomedical research that help guide experiments and enable new insights from the analysis of complex diseases.


With great success resulting from the collaborations of NCIBI and RTRN Translational Informatics workshops, the University of Michigan continues to work with RTRN. In 2011, UMich reached out to RTRN for the purpose of collaboratively promoting the UMICH Tools and Technologies Series. The weekly seminars, highlighting a tool or technology that is under development or currently being used by UMich/NCIBI researchers, supports continued knowledge sharing with the Network’s informaticians and researchers. These seminars are streamed live via Adobe Connect and are recorded for future viewing.

The purpose of the workshops are to provide RCMI investigators training in the use of NCIBI tools and resources for translational research, and to build research relationships with the goal of expanding informatics resources for the study of health disparities.

More than 60 investigators from RCMI Network have participated, presenting papers and posters resulting from collaborations with researchers from UMich and other majority research institutions. scientific resources and expertise for team science, study management and performance monitoring to Connect with RTRN.

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University of Michigan NCIBI/RTRN Partnership At-a-Glance

Partnership Formation:

Officially formed in 2008 with leadership of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN) and implemented through its Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Working Group


Partnership Goal:

To present RTRN investigators with biomedical computing and informatics resources and tools and associated training pertinent to advancing their studies, strengthening their collaborative initiatives and inciting additional research ideas


Successful leveraging: subcontracts with RTRN Community

Jackson State University’s Translational Research Education Training Series (TRETS) and targeted infusion of NCIBI research outputs into classroom lectures;

Hunter College/Jackson State University/NCIBI Seminar Video Conferences;

NCIBI/RTRN Tools Workshop at RCMI International Symposia on Health Disparities

RTRN Data Coordinating Center, “Computing and Data Infrastructure to support NCIBI development and growing user community” , to provide RTRN community with access and use of the integrated TRANCHE and Proteome mirror sites.


Partnership Outcomes:

More than 200 RTRN Investigators have participated in training and workshops on NCIBI tools and technologies

Approximately 150 presentations and posters from RTRN researchers delivered at NCIBI-sponsored workshops, trainings and conferences