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Center for Computational Biology and Medicine (CCBM)

The Center for Computational Biology and Medicine (CCBM) is led by Shumaker Endowed Professor Chi-Ren Shyu, who also is director of the MU Informatics Institute (MUII).

Established in 2008, the center’s research affiliations draw from several schools and colleges at MU. In addition to engineering faculty, center collaborators from the School of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Health Professions, and Sinclair School of Nursing are engaged in addressing problems through bioinformatics and health informatics research.

CCBM serves as a research program for MUII, which plays host to a broad, interdisciplinary research group and a doctoral degree program. Since 2008, 11 master’s and 15 doctoral students have received degrees from computer science and MUII. A dozen more are currently in graduate programs.

Work at the center includes Big Data analytics, translational medicine and clinical informatics. Researchers develop software to streamline the understanding of biological and medical problems using advanced algorithms in artificial intelligence, data mining, databases, high-performance computing, information retrieval and machine learning. Investigations have resulted in 45 refereed journal publications.

Since its inception, center affiliates have secured $2,316,960 million from federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. In addition to active grant projects, researchers have a number of pending proposals. Expenditures in 2013 totaled $565,330.

The collaboration between MUII and CCBM, which combines the talents and expertise of engineering, life sciences and medical researchers, creates a unique opportunity to pursue research funding that links computing and biomedical sciences. The center also sees an opportunity to develop a business plan for marketable software development.