$2M Grant Given to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to Develop Tumor Identification Tools

July 11, 2013

David J. Foran, PhDNew Brunswick, N.J. – David J. Foran, PhD, chief informatics officer and executive director of biomedical informatics and computational imaging at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been awarded a $2,051,659 competitive renewal grant (2R01LM009239-05) from the National Institutes of Health to expand work on developing computational tools for classifying different types of cancers. 

The primary focus of Dr. Foran’s research is to design, develop and implement state-of-the-art imaging and computational tools for characterizing cancers of the breast, head and neck, ovaries, prostate and skin. Together these new technologies and capabilities will enable investigators to conduct high-speed computer analysis of large patient cohorts resulting in a larger output of data.  Such tools also will allow for the storage and in-depth examination of archived tumor images from individual patients and their correlating clinical data, such as test results, treatment regimens, and overall medical history.  An overall goal of the project is to foster inter-institutional studies involving patient stratification and outcomes analysis.

“Measuring disease severity from onset through progression is key in helping to determine the best therapy outcomes for patients,” noted Foran, who is also a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and radiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “Having enhanced abilities to collect, manage, research and store large amounts of biological and clinical data enables investigators to identify biomarkers and patterns that may not be elucidated when viewing such information separately.  Such a comprehensive examination can result in a more precise classification of malignancies, thus leading to more personalized treatments.”

The award period begins September 1.

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