The cancer biomedical informatics grid (caBIG™): Infrastructure and applications for a worldwide research community

Joyce C. Niland, R. Michael Townsend, Robert Annechiarico, Kimberly Johnson, J. Robert Beck, Frank J. Manion, Robert J. Robbins, Christopher G. Chute, Lynn H. Vogel, Joel H. Saltz, Mark A. Watson, Thomas L. Casavant, Seng Jaw Soong, Jessica Bondy, David A. Fenstermacher, Michael J. Becich, John T. Casagrande, David P. Tuck

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Information explosion and new advances in high throughput experiments have challenged biomedical research, and suggested a future in which inter-institutional and international collaborations will be the norm. The cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid is an ambitious initiative launched by the US National Cancer Institute to develop a network of tools, data, and researchers to support translational and clinical research in oncology, with an ultimate goal to improve cancer care for patients. The three year pilot phase of caBIG ends in 2007, and has engaged over 900 clinicians, scientists, and patient advocates as developers, adopters, and workspace participants. Progress has been demonstrated in creating tools and building prototype grid architecture for collaborative research. Accomplishments in the pilot phase set the stage for extension of the community into other biomedical domains and for federation of the caBIG enterprise with similar initiatives in other scientific areas and in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2007 - Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Sustainable Health Systems
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781586037741
StatePublished - 2007
Event12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 24 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007
CityBrisbane, QLD


  • biomedical informatics
  • computer communication networks
  • diffusion of innovation
  • medical oncology


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