Informatics Research Seminar: National Cancer Informatics Program

 November 28 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Salvatore Mungal, MS
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar 



The National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP), a program of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) was born out of the need to support the cancer basic science and clinical research communities. Since its inception, commencing with the recent NCIP launch in June of this year, great progress is being made in the redesign of a high impact program that would be of great benefit to this community. Many solutions from caBIG® (cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid), the precursor of NCIP, will be kept in place such as software applications, interoperability capabilities based on syntactic and semantic principles and data standards, the basic currency for interoperability. Other solutions are currently under consideration to create dynamic interoperable systems that would lower the barriers to adoption of available interoperable applications and new technologies, facilitate data sharing and integration, and solve real world problems.


Salvatore Mungal has worked as an associate scientist in molecular biology for 18 years with diverse systems such as heart disease, skin and other cancers, neurobiology, virology, cell biology and reproductive biology (embryology). His role in the Bioinformatics Shared Resources group within Duke Cancer Institute is to help integrate the National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP) tools and strategies into Duke’s methodology for cancer research. His current engagement is with a pilot study to set up an interoperable enterprise software application that analyzes and compares biomarkers from cancer patients using proteomics and genomic data. He received his Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Pathology from Stony Brook University and a certificate degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.