We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support, without which many of our research and educational programs would not be possible.
The Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology recently received a very generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in honor of Mrs. Lorraine Dell to develop a Program in Bioinformatics for Personalization of Cancer Medicine. Mrs. Dell has been contributing in a major way to the life of MD Anderson Cancer Center, serving on its Board of Visitors since 2005 and taking on other important responsibilities. The Lorraine Dell Program focuses on the current transition from microarray data (fundamentally analog) to "next-generation sequencing" data (fundamentally digital) on cancer genomes -- in particular on the use of such data to select the right therapy for each individual cancer patient. The sequencing data sets are enormous but also enormously rich; the challenge is great, but so is the opportunity. As one the world's foremost institutions for clinical research on cancer, MD Anderson is ideally positioned to leverage the genomic information for the benefit of cancer patients and their families. The Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is pursuing that mission in close collaboration with the many superb translational and clinical research groups around MD Anderson.
(For a fuller description of the Lorraine Dell Program in Bioinformatics for Personalization of Cancer Medicine, please check back in late November 2011, when we will have finished a major revision and updating of this website.)