Vice Chair of Biomedical Informatics Opportunity:
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is recruiting a Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. This person would also serve as Director of the CTSA Comprehensive Informatics Resource Center (CIRC). The position will hold an academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor on the tenure-eligible track and requires a PhD in biomedical informatics, medical informatics, data science, or other analytical science fields or an MD with board certification in clinical Informatics. All candidates should have at least four years of research experience in clinical research informatics, and significant experience with clinical trial operations. The duties include directing a core that emphasizes clinical trial operations, as well as doing scientific and scholarly research, publishing, and teaching in the biomedical informatics graduate and clinical informatics fellowship training programs.
All inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of the vice-chair for Clinical and Translational Research are welcome.
About the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI):
"Big Data" has come to hospitals, and for most hospitals the problem is how to deal with this explosion of information. Founded in 2015, the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, develops computational tools to assess and manage medical and public health information for patient care and research programs. The DBMI focuses on advanced medical information technologies, and provides highly competitive training and research, with faculty experts in several areas of medical informatics. This includes analysis of the UAMS Electronic Health Records (EHRs), numerous state data resources, external collaborations, and many collaborations with the Center for Translational Science Award (CTSA) activities. DBMI also has experts focusing on advancing clinical trial operations and clinical effectiveness research. Within DBMI are faculty members building on cancer informatics with extensions into neuroimaging informatics in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, the Brain Research Imaging Center and the Psychiatric Research Institute. DBMI faculty include several bioinformaticians, working closely with the Cancer Institute and also in developing key tools and technologies for ‘omics’ research across UAMS, including third-generation sequencing of DNA and RNA as well as proteomics, metabolomics, and microbiome research.
The department works to cross-link these research activities with fundamental research in a variety of standards in clinical and imaging informatics and genomics, in ontology development and in the use of machine learning methods and advanced analytics in high performance computing. A high-performance computer is managed by DBMI in support of the UAMS research community and allows for routine analysis of terabytes of data, with a large 4.2 petabyte storage.
About the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI)
The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) provides services and resources to ensure the swift translation of research into health care advances. This support is available to all UAMS researchers at the UAMS campus in Little Rock, the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, (including the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC)), and the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System in Little Rock and North Little Rock. TRI is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
Translational research is often classified by which stage of translation (from beginning research to societal application and impact) it falls into. The T Spectrum (Translational Spectrum) below illustrates the different stages of translational research, ranging from Basic Science (T0) to Translation to Humans (T1), Patients (T2), Practice (T3) and finally to Translation to the Community (T4), as shown in the Figure.
TRI is dedicated to advancing the use of cutting-edge informatics, providing researchers with the tools, expertise and procedures for clinical and translational research. This is done through the CIRC (Comprehensive Informatics Resource Center), a partnership with the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the UAMS College of Medicine. TRI, as a member of the CTSA network, is part of the national effort to study and innovate the process of conducting clinical trials using informatics approaches, for both single and multi-site trials. UAMS is a member of the Southeast SHRINE network and the ACTS consortium.
About the University:
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.
Role & Responsibilities:
- Direct a core that emphasizes clinical trial operations and innovative informatics approaches to address rural health and healthcare disparities.
- Foster and Leverage Relationships across the CTSA Informatics Community.
- Demonstrate the leadership, management ability, and administrative experience to take the CIRC to the next level of achievement.
- Be supportive of the educational needs and contributions of students, residents, faculty, and staff in the Department.
- Develop a research portfolio that stresses collaboration and maximizes opportunity for synergistic productivity across the University’s campuses.
- Play a lead role in the Clinical Research Informatics component of the DBMI graduate education program, including helping students and staff successfully publish papers, write grants and present at professional conferences.
- Play a leading role in the emerging clinical informatics fellowship training program.
Location/Region: Little Rock, AR (72205)