On January 1, 2003 the University Washington was awarded a grant from the National Library of Medicine to plan for a National Center of Excellence in Biomedical Computing as part of the NIH Biomedical Information Science Technology Initiative (BISTI), grant number P20 LM007714. The purpose of the Center, which will be called the Interdisciplinary Center for Structural Informatics, will be to explore the role of the physical structure of the body as an organizing principle for biomedical information. The center will be an outgowth of the current UW Structural Informatics Group. The Center will be a joint effort between the Department of Biological Structure and the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI), Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, with strong collaborations from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
In these web pages we describe the goals and specific aims of the planning grant, and document our progress towards meeting these goals.