Fall 2001 - Volume 12, No 4

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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:




Continuing Medical Education

Women's Health Lecture Series