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The Lorraine Dell Program in Bioinformatics for Personalization of Cancer Medicine

2011/11/04

The Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology recently received a generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in honor of Lorraine Dell. The Lorraine Dell Program in Bioinformatics for Personalization of Cancer Medicine focuses on the current transition from microarray data to "next-generation sequencing" data on cancer genomes - in particular, on the use of such data to select the right therapy for each cancer patient.

The Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology recently received a generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in honor of Lorraine Dell. Mrs. Dell, who has served on the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors since 2005, has contributed significantly to the life of MD Anderson. The Lorraine Dell Program in Bioinformatics for Personalization of Cancer Medicine 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 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 throughout MD Anderson.