Welcome to the Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) at the University of Kentucky. The Institute facilitates data-intensive, multidisciplinary team science to improve the health of patients and populations, in Kentucky and beyond. IBI provides services through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Biomedical Informatics Core and UK's College of Medicine provides its academic home.


Dr. George Shih delivers keynote address at AIM Summit 2022

May 17, 2022

On April 20, 2022, the AIM Alliance hosted the inaugural AIM Summit, a half-day conference focusing on AI in Medicine. Dr. George Shih from Weill Cornell Medicine addressed the inaugural AIM Summit as the keynote speaker and delivered his presentation "AI Bias and Fairnes"

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AI in Medicine Alliance announces AIM Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Mar 11, 2022

The AIM Fellowship, sponsored by the AI in Medicine (AIM) Alliance, Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI), and UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) seeks to ensure the inclusion of a diverse population of undergraduate students pursuing mentored research in artificial intelligence and medicine.

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Clarkson awarded NIH grant to develop standardized graphic libraries for anatomy

Jul 01, 2021

Dr. Melissa Clarkson has been awarded four years of funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for her project "Developing standardized graphic libraries for anatomy: A focus on human craniofacial anatomy and phenotypes". Her team will be developing "semantically-enabled" graphics depicting anatomy of the human head, including developmental stages, phenotypes, and malformations. You can preview their work at the Endless Forms Studio website.

UK Researchers Awarded $1.1 Million Grant to Develop Metabolomics Data Analysis Tools

Aug 26, 2020

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a three-year, $1,163,869 grant to the University of Kentucky to develop new state-of-the-art metabolomics data analysis tools that will derive new data, knowledge and interpretation from the active metabolic state of organisms and ecosystems with broad biological and biomedical applications.

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UK Joins National Data Collaborative for COVID-19 Research

Jul 08, 2020

The University of Kentucky's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is partnering with the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), the National Center for Data to Health, and around 60 other clinical institutions affiliated with the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program to leverage big data in the fight against COVID-19.

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Talbert Selected as Director of Institute for Biomedical Informatics

May 13, 2020

Jeffery Talbert, PhD, has been selected as director of the UK Institute for Biomedical Informatics, which facilitates data-intensive, multidisciplinary team science to improve the health of patients and populations in Kentucky and beyond. Talbert will also serve as the division chief for biomedical informatics in the College of Medicine. A national leader in informatics research at the intersection of evidence-based policy and health care outcomes, Talbert has been at the forefront of building UK’s biomedical informatics (BMI) capacity over the last 25 years.

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AIM Summit 2022 - AI to Z: Exploring the current state of AI in Healthcare

Apr 20, 2022| 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center

Healthcare professionals, industry leaders, researchers, and students are invited to explore the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into clinical medicine and biomedical research. The theme of this meeting is "AI to Z" exploring the current state of lifecycle of AI, from inception to operation.

The Summit will feature Keynote addresses from noted Academic and Industry Speakers that will address emerging developments and trends in AI in Medicines.

Go to the Summit web site for more information.

Click here to register.

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Health Tech Views and Voices: How is cause-of-death data collected and is it trustworthy?

Melissa Clarkson PhD

Dec 13, 2021| 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM


The Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) working group of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) organizes a quarterly public webinar-panel series on topics at the intersection of health technology and ethics. We invite you to join our second session in which we will discuss cause-of-death data from death certificates. The session is free of charge. Register at: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldu-grDgqGd3jZcZNX7g0LdCkcpj_DNKG

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Challenges and Opportunities in Plant Science

Seung Yon (Sue) Rhee PhD

Nov 12, 2020|12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Plants make up the biggest biotic component of the biosphere and play essential roles in all ecosystems. Our survival and well-being depend on plants and this dependence will increase as the climate changes rapidly. To improve how we obtain food, energy, and materials from plants and steward the health of our environment for future generations, we need to understand how plants work at multiple scales from molecules to cells to ecosystems. A major challenge to achieving this goal is a limited understanding of functions of plant genes. The majority of genes in plant genomes are uncharacterized and many of them are found only in plant lineages. Traditional sequence-similarity based biochemical function inference cannot address this challenge. Another aspect of gene function that is critical but generally lacking is the spatial and temporal context under which gene products operate. These challenges have, in part, driven the spectacular advances and inventions in genomics, imaging, mass spectrometry and we are now capable of high-throughput, high-content, and high-resolution measurements of gene and protein function parameters. Along with these technologies and emerging datasets, we need advances in computational biology and bioinformatics tools, concepts, and methods. In this talk, I will describe these challenges and some of the efforts we are making in addressing them.

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