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As an organizational unit within Emory’s School of Medicine, the mission of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is twofold: to educate and train students and postgraduate fellows as leaders in the field of biomedical informatics; and to advance health care initiatives by assembling a world class faculty to drive cutting edge informatics research in mission critical domains. Our focus in research and education is be shaped by close collegial and intellectual relationships with biomedical scientists and medical practitioners at Emory and elsewhere. The unique background, training and skill sets of our faculty members in the quantitative and computational sciences allows BMI to promote research and education and advance collaborations among many other Departments and Schools within Emory and at other institutions.

The broader Atlanta region possesses a remarkable combination of strengths and opportunities to rapidly position itself as a leader in biomedical informatics.  Emory, because of its association with and proximity to the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, American Cancer Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and others, is able to provide distinct opportunities for biomedical informatics training at the national level. These regional assets set a unique stage for joint training opportunities, coursework and hands-on research experience in medicine, informatics, public health and computer science in BMI at Emory.

Biomedical informatics leverages virtually all areas of biomedical, physical, computational and social science. Emory, through its research and educational resources, represents an ideal substrate for BMI. The institution has world-class research groups in areas that include cancer, infectious diseases, neurosciences, pathology, radiology, human genetics and high-throughput drug discovery among others. Each of these groups has active interests in integrative research efforts that require a strong informatics component. In particular, working with Emory Healthcare, BMI is positioning itself to be a world leader in streaming analytics, mHealth, quantative imaging, and quantative neurophysiology and neuropsychiatry through the combination of state-of-the-art machine learning, signal processing and clinical knowledge. 

On behalf of the BMI faculty, we look forward to an exciting future at Emory.

Gari Clifford

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