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Fall 2001 - Volume 12, No 4

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Articles
Faculty Members Launch Wayne State University Physician Group

 

Students Help Students

 

WSU Establishes Premier Nanobiotechnology Center in Midwest

 

Improving Survival for Obese Breast Cancer Patients

 

Distinguished Professor Honored by American Hemophilia Foundation

 

Genetic Studies Underway for Inherited Aneurysms

 

Scientific Computing Program Offers Training in New Skill Sets

 

WSU School of Medicine Graduates 228 New Doctors

 

Assistant Dean Leads International Efforts for WSU School of Medicine

 

State Funding May Boost Perinatal Research at WSU

 

New Chair of Radiology's Work Could Reduce Need for Hysterectomies

 

Heart Attack Patients with Normal ECGs Can Have Adverse Outcomes

 

Multiple Sclerosis Research Focuses on Axons

 

Researcher Leads International Health Efforts in West Africa

 

Dr. Gray to Lead Graduate Medical Education Programs for WSU, DMC

 

New Urologist Offers Incontinence Treatment

 

Ceremony Welcomes 256 New Medical Students

 

Graduate Student Wins National Award

 

African-American Physician Honored for Her Career-Long Achievements

 

New Medical Students Learn to Celebrate Differences and Understand Similarities

 

Anti-Tobacco Crusader and Movie Star Visit WSU School of Medicine

 

Dr. Gallagher Recognized for Service as Academic Senate President

 

WSU Hosts Conference on African-American Health

 

Minority Research Day Honors Graduate, Undergraduate Students

 

Program Offers Research Opportunities to Local High School Students

 

$1 Million Pledged for Biomedical Department

 

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Welcomes the Class of 2005

 

New Graduate Students Welcomed

 

Training Researchers in Genomics

 

WSU's Blaine White Elected to Prestigious Institute of Medicine

Scientific Computing Program Offers Training in New Skill Sets


Dr. Womble (left) is director of bioinformatics in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics and Dr. Krawetz is director of WSU’s Michigan Life Sciences Corridor bioinformatics node.

The newly established Institute for Scientific Computing offers Wayne State students a specialized graduate certificate in medicine, genetics and biochemistry. The focus areas of the program include biological databases, diagnostic developments, drug design, simulated biology, computerassisted surgery, and computational issues in medicine.

Drs. Stephen Krawetz and David Womble, both from the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, have been appointed to the institute’s faculty. They have been leaders in bioinformatics for the School of Medicine and the university during the past decade. Dr. Krawetz founded the Wayne State University Molecular Medicine and Genetics Biocomputing Facility in 1990 with the participation of 11 departments and colleges including liberal arts, science and medicine. That same year, he presented the first bioinformatics course to the faculty.

In 1995, Drs. Womble and Krawetz created a graduate level training program that was one of the first post-graduate bioinformatics courses in the nation. Dr. Krawetz served as co-editor for their course textbook, Bioinformatics Methods and Protocols, for which Dr. Womble wrote two chapters. Their program places heavy emphasis on using computers, the Internet, human genome databases and the Shiffman Medical Virtual Library as scientific resources. Their classes are taught in close collaboration with the Shiffman Medical Library’s computer learning center and staff who have been instrumental to the success of the course.

Dr. Womble, director of bioinformatics in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, says the abundance of scientific and genetic data that can be collected places the bioinformatician in high demand. “It’s great that we can collect vast amounts of data, but what’s the use unless it can be systematically organized and analyzed?” Dr. Womble asked.

The Institute for Scientific Computing offers a shared biocomputing facility and interdisciplinary courses to a new generation of scientists who are in high demand. “The demand for bioinformatics will certainly be heightened with the completion of the Human Genome Project and the new diagnostic DNA chip technologies,” Dr. Krawetz said. “You’re going to divide the biological science probseven lem into different parts. You’ll still have the typical wet bench researcher who will look at a very specific problem. Then you’ll have the bioinformatician who tries to model the problem.”

For additional information on the educational programs available through the Institute for Scientific Computing, visit: http://www.scp.wayne.edu

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