Thursday, August 25, 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona State University recently relocated its Biomedical Informatics department to the Scottsdale campus of Mayo Clinic. This move is part of a formal commitment to deepen collaborative efforts between Mayo Clinic and ASU in health care, medical research and education.
Housing ASU's Biomedical Informatics department on the Mayo campus will allow ASU students enrolled in the program to work side-by-side with practicing Mayo Clinic physicians, creating a greater opportunity to advance biomedical informatics research and technology.
The opening of ASU's BMI offices on Mayo Clinic's campus was recognized today, Thursday, Aug. 25, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"Making BMI's home at Mayo Clinic will advance biomedical informatics education and research in new and exciting ways," said ASU President Michael Crow. "By doing this, we are connecting students, faculty, researchers and clinicians in ways that will lead to advancing the science, technology and usefulness of biomedical informatics."
"We welcome the BMI program to our Mayo Clinic campus and are excited about this potential to merge the best minds in research and clinical disciplines in the pursuit of health care solutions in the age of personalized medicine," said Mayo Clinic CEO, Wyatt Decker, M.D. "This collaboration underscores the dramatic growth in the field of biomedical informatics and its importance to unraveling the mysteries of human diseases."
Moving ASU's BMI department to Mayo is one of many collaborations between the two entities, including:
Biomedical informatics is a burgeoning field at the intersection of information science, computer science and health care. Biomedical informatics promises to lead to new discoveries in health care, new ways to treat diseases and new methods, like individualized medicine, that more precisely treat patients.
Quotes from Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic officials on the impact of ASU's Biomedical Informatics Department being located on the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale campus.
Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, ASU's Chief Research Officer
"In order to advance biomedical informatics education and research, we need to be embedded in a clinical environment. Mayo provides access to world-class physicians and researchers in Arizona, as well as in Minnesota and Florida. It provides extraordinary opportunities for ASU faculty and students to work in one of the top clinical facilities in the country and advance education, research and training in biomedical informatics."
Robert Greenes, M.D. and Ph.D., and ASU's Ira A. Fulton Chair and Professor of the Biomedical Informatics Department
"The proximity to Mayo clinicians and researchers, and actual patient care settings will enable BMI students to identify and work closely with real-world problems in health care delivery and the underlying science. This provides an invaluable opportunity for students, faculty, researchers and clinicians to form collaborations addressing these problems, and jointly coming up with innovations and improvements in the health care system." "ASU BMI has a commitment to academic research with an applied focus, and is ready and able to provide a range of faculty and student talent to work on problems of interest and relevance to Mayo Clinic, both in terms of its biomedical science goals and its health care delivery and health improvement goals."
Keith Frey, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Clinical Professor of the ASU Biomedical Informatics Department
"The patient will be the ultimate beneficiary of this unique collaboration between outstanding students and faculty from ASU and the best clinical and research minds at Mayo Clinic. By working to analyze a patient's genetic profile, we begin to more precisely understand the molecular genesis of many diseases, and thereby are able to advance better treatments and cures."
ASU's Biomedical Informatics department is committed to excellence and leadership in research and development, education, community engagement and service. Faculty in the department advances the science and technology of biomedical informatics, informs and influences policy and improves individual and population health.
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