URMC / Rochester Informatics / Informatics Centers and Services Informatics Centers and Services Research and Education Empire Discovery Institute University of Rochester, University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have joined together to form a powerful new drug discovery partnership that aims to convert the institutions’ scientific breakthroughs into viable pharmaceuticals for commercialization and strengthen the region as a hub for life sciences research and development. The Empire Discovery Institute (EDI) is a not-for-profit drug discovery and development collaborative between three premiere Upstate New York academic, research, and clinical institutions—the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo, and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to advance drug discovery throughout New York State. The Empire Discovery Institute (EDI) represents a transformative approach to drug discovery and development. It sources innovative, commercially attractive drug discovery programs from its three collaborating academic centers (the University of Rochester, University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to address critical, unmet needs for patients. This new enterprise has been established with an initial grant and investment commitment of $35.4M over the next five years from the New York State Life Science Initiative. Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBI) The URMC is in the process of recruiting a Founding Director for a new CBI. The Center will conduct research and teaching in biomedical informatics, and will serve as the academic home and campus hub for researchers who employ informatics as a primary tool in their biomedical research activities. The Center will also leverage major recent institutional investments, totaling $50 million, creating an outstanding high-performance computing infrastructure, exemplified by the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation—as well as an additional $50 million commitment by the University to establish a new Institute for Data Science that will also serve as the home for the recently designated New York State Center of Excellence for Data Science at UR. It is expected that the Center will develop synergistic collaborations with Institute faculty and other faculty across the University that will propel research in biomedical informatics. Institute for Data Science (IDS) Director: Henry Kautz The IDS supports and promotes interdisciplinary research and education in data science at the University of Rochester. Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI) Executive Director: David Topham, Ph.D. The HSCCI provides innovative approaches to the use of high-performance computational and data visualization technologies for research. Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology (DBCB) Department Chair: Robert L. Strawderman, ScD The DBCB provides collaborative research support, consultation (including grant preparation), and education to faculty researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students in the basic sciences, health sciences, clinical research, and others. Rochester Center for Health Informatics (RCHI) Director: Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D. The mission of the RCHI is to build a “learning healthcare system” which uses local and regional health data and predictive data science to improve community health and serve as a model for others. University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (UR CTSI), Informatics Group Director: Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, M.P.H., M.B.A. The UR CTSI Informatics Group provides consultations around eRecord, and technical assistance in creating, managing, and providing access to research data. Public Health Sciences (PHS) Chair: Ann Dozier, Ph.D. PHS provides training and expert consultation in key informatics-related aspects of health services, policy, and epidemiology; and seeks to produce and disseminate new tools and methods to enable people (including the community) to use the full range of information available to improve the quality of health care and the health outcomes of the community. Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET) Director: E. Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A. CHET's mission is to conduct hypothesis-driven, rigorously designed, initial investigations of novel therapeutic interventions for human diseases. The Center provides project management, data management, new ideas, intellectual capital, and data analysis. Center for Population Health Outcomes and Informatics (C-PHOi) Director: Irena Pesis-Katz, Ph.D. The C-PHOi's purpose is to inform strategic decisions that lead to clinical, operational, and financial efficiency. The Center uses "big data" to lead population health outcomes and evaluation analyses. Wilmot Cancer Institute Analytics & Outcomes Center Director: David Dougherty, M.D. The goal of the Wilmot Cancer Institute Analytics & Outcomes Center is to provide patient registries, outcomes, and value-based data to the WCI leadership and service lines. UR Health Lab Director: David Mitten, M.D. The UR Health Lab is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the University of Rochester Medical Center, UR Medical Faculty Group, and River Campus that leverages cloud-based computing & analytics, multifunction sensors, 3D imaging & modeling, and virtual & augmented reality technologies to solve modern day challenges in medicine. The Health Lab collaborates with internal and corporate partners to advance precision health & wellness, data collection & expert systems, electronic health record integration & optimization, and enterprise-level cross platform mobile software development. These solutions not only have commercial value, but in many cases, lead to the spin-out of start-up companies. The Lab also offers an educational program to the Medical Center and River Campus community to increase expertise using medical informatics and core Epic technologies. Genomics Research Center (GRC) Director: Steven Gill, Ph.D. The GRC is a collaborative center that provides high-throughput genomic sequencing and data analysis, including standard genomic methods and novel emerging approaches, for biomedical research. Bioinformatics and Data Visualization Service Center Director: Alex Rosenberg, Ph.D. The Bioinformatics and Data Visualization Service Center enables labs and investigators to have access to practical bioinformatics competency by delivering solutions, as well as through collaboration and education. The Center delivers effective bioinformatics solutions; designs and creates innovative (and aesthetic) visualizations and figures to communicate complex data; conveys a production-oriented, data-rich "mindset" and best practices to groups wishing to perform high-throughput biology; and is an essential component for grant applications and getting publications out. Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service (BCES) Director: Helene McMurray, Ph.D. The BCES provides education and support to scientists wishing to use bioinformatics approaches in their research. Their goal is to bridge the knowledge and language gaps between scientists in the traditional biomedical disciplines and those in the computational disciplines. Marketing Analytics (Simon School) Director: Rajiv Dewan Marketing Analytics at the Simon School provides students with concepts and skills for marketing analyst positions. These students typically are involved with pricing, advertising, distribution, and product design decisions. URMC Analytics Committee Director: Paul Levy, M.D. The Analytics Committee is a multidisciplinary group charged by Dr. Brad Berk to develop a Clinical Information Infrastructure; establish strategy and priorities to populate a clinical data warehouse; and support the data and analytics needs of the URMC insurance strategy committee. Infrastructure Support Division of Medical Informatics and ISD Clinical Informatics Director: David Krusch, M.D. The mission of the Division of Medical Informatics is to support applied informatics, health informatics, and education. The Division enhances research, education, and the use of analytics in a collaborative approach to improve health informatics throughout the health delivery system, ultimately improving individual and population health. Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) Director: Brendan Mort, Ph.D. CIRC at the University of Rochester provides researchers across the University of Rochester with hardware, software, training, and support necessary to utilize computational and data analytics technology in research activities in all areas of academic scholarship.