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.


New faculty Yasminka Jakubek Swartzlander joins 3rd cohort of the Research Scholars Program

Mar 01, 2023

We welcome Yasminka Jakubek Swartzlander to the third cohort of the Research Scholars Program (RSP). The program is aimed at ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in research by promoting faculty success.

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Eric Durbin's research seeks to understand Appalachia’s childhood cancer disparity

Feb 07, 2023

When Eric Durbin, Dr.PH., director of the Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, began mapping childhood cancer incidence rates, he noticed a troubling trend: Brain cancer rates appeared to be higher in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. That led Durbin, who is also the director of the Kentucky Cancer Registry, to conduct a broader study that looked at all childhood brain cancers across the U.S. The goal of this study was to see if there were differences between Appalachian children and children outside Appalachia.

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Kavuluru becomes chartered member of NIH study section

Jul 05, 2022

Ramakanth (Rama) Kavuluru, PhD, Associate Professor, has become a chartered member of the National Institute of Health’s Clinical Data Management and Analysis (CDMA) Study Section.  This study section meets three times a year to review grant applications that "develop computing technology, simulation/data models, data analytics, and technical software intended for eventual translation of research or novel findings for clinical use.”  His term will expire in 2026.

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.

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Commonwealth Computational Summit 2022 & The AIM Workshop Sessions

Oct 04, 2022 8:00 AM

CCS Summit (Oct. 4 - 5) Gatton Student Center & AIM Workshop (Oct. 6) CT Wethington Building

The AI In Medicine (AIM) Alliance is hosting a Workshop day on October 6, 2022 as part of UK’s Center for Computational Science (CCS) 6th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit 2022The CCS Summit is being held October 4 – 6th at the Gatton Student Center, with the AIM Workshop Sessions are being conducting at the CT Wethington Building. 

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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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