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Apr 01, 2013, 11:06 ET from ProfNet

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  • Treatment Algorithms and Cancer Care


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Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative
Robert Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
"The Department of Energy has been at the forefront of research and development in next-generation clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative helps support a robust energy manufacturing sector that can produce emerging clean energy technologies, spur innovation, and boost economic growth."
Atkinson is co-author of "Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage." He was also appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy Advisory Board. He is based in Washington, D.C.
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Big Data and Cancer Care
John Frenzel, M.D., M.S.
Chief Medical Information Officer
MD Anderson
"With the technological facility to marry genomic and other patient data, we now have the potential to generate scientifically based information on the best treatment option for a patient in mere minutes. The rules of cancer are in the genome. Big data provides cancer researchers and oncologists a key to unlock the rulebook."
Frenzel is the first-ever chief medical information officer of MD Anderson, appointed to the newly created position this past June. As CMIO, he oversees the clinical information technology areas, including EHR development, implementation, and support; clinical applications and support; and clinical analytics and informatics. Frenzel is a professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at MD Anderson and an adjunct professor of biomedical information, spending one day each week in the operating room. He is a co-leader on the effort to merge clinical, pharmacy and genomics databases onto a big data platform at MD Anderson as part of the institution's Moonshot Program. He is available discuss the emerging field of big data in relation to its use in cancer care.
Media Contact: Lauren Whisenant,

Treatment Algorithms and Cancer Care
Andy Futreal, Ph.D.
Cancer Geneticist, Professor of Genomic Medicine
MD Anderson
"One of the biggest challenges big data presents, but also an area we're eagerly anticipating, is the ability to distill this data down to its essence, draw out the key relationships and begin to form treatment algorithms. Once tested, such algorithms can help direct the standard of care in the community."
As a co-leader on the Moonshots Program, Futreal is charged with directing the design and implementation of MD Anderson's big data platform. Prior to joining MD Anderson, Futreal was the joint director of the Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. A true left brain-right brain prodigy who records acoustic guitar compilations in his free time, Futreal brings the ability to visualize large-scale data systems, making them accessible, intuitive, and valuable to cancer researchers and clinicians. His research has explored the human cancer genome, focusing on BRCA1 and BRCA2 in breast cancer and BRAF in melanoma. He is available discuss the emerging field of big data in relation to its use in cancer care.
Media Contact: Lauren Whisenant,



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