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Biomedical Informatics Core

Lucio Miele

Lucio Miele, MD, PhD
Core Director
LSU Health New Orleans 

Ron Horswell

Ronald Horswell, PhD
Data Access Group (DAG) Leader
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dan Fort

Daniel Fort, PhD
Core Member
Ochsner Health System, New Orleans

Chindo Hicks

Chindo Hicks, PhD
Bioinformatics and Genomics Group (BGG) Leader
LSU Health New Orleans 

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor, PhD
Core Member
LSU Health New Orleans 


BMI Analyst
Pennington Biomedical

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About This Core

The LA CaTS Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Core will support the clinical and translational research activities of the entire LA CaTS collaborative. The specific goals of the BMI Core include:

  • Provide BMI resources to LA CaTS Investigators by merging existing BMI expertise at LA CaTS institutions, coordinating and assuring continuous BMI support for investigators, and providing the basis for implementing additional BMI capabilities.
  • Support LA CaTS Cores, Resources, and Members by expanding BMI capabilities to address their specific needs and by providing education in BMI use.
  • Use BMI to enhance both the quantity and quality of translational research, providing BMI support for the full scope of translational research, and extending from idea generation to use of clinical decision support systems to implement findings from translational research.
  • Use BMI to enable collaboration between LA CaTS Investigators and other Louisiana-based organizations and between LA CaTS Investigators and non-Louisiana organizations including other CTSAs.

To accomplish the mission to enhance translational research capacity in support of our investigators’ research studies, the BMI Core has adopted the following specific aims:

Specific Aim 1. To significantly expand ongoing BMI services and to build on our experience to develop novel analytical tools for data mining, precision medicine and molecular epidemiology.

Specific Aim 2. To expand our ability to enable meaningful collaboration and data sharing between LA CaTS Investigators and Louisiana-based Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) and Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Centers, and between LA CaTS Investigators and CTSA Centers regionally and nationally, and to increase cyber access to underserved populations.

Specific Aim 3. To provide continued, coordinated support for project design and implementation and professional development, in close cooperation with the Clinical Research Resources and Facilities (CRR), Biostatistics Epidemiology (BEC), Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement (CE), Professional Development (PD), Ethics and Regulatory Knowledge (ERKC) and Health Literacy (HL) Cores.

The BMI Core is an integral part of LA CaTS and provides a comprehensive research infrastructure, innovative initiatives and significant collaborative opportunities essential to the Center’s overall mission to significantly transform clinical and translational research throughout our region and address Louisiana’s chronic disease burden.