BLACKSBURG, Va., June 28, 2005 – The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) hosted the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Biodefense Proteomics Research Centers Second Programmatic meeting on June 13 and 14 in the VBI conference facility at Virginia Tech.

During the two-day meeting, each Proteomics Research Center, as well as the Administrative Center, updated the other groups on their research. Researchers also had a chance to ask questions about the NIAID Biodefense & Emerging Infections Research Resources Repository. This meeting also marked the first time the Interoperability Working Group has met together face-to-face.

In 2004, VBI was awarded $2.89 million from the NIAID as part of an $8.74 million contract with Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS) to establish an Administrative Resource for Biodefense Proteomic Research Centers. The project is led by principle investigator (PI) Margaret Moore of SSS and co-PI’s Dr. Cathy Wu, from Georgetown University Medical Center, and VBI executive and scientific director Bruno Sobral. Sobral leads VBI’s efforts to design and implement an integrated Data Management System to collect, store, view, and query proteomics data from all NIAID-funded proteomics research centers.

Proteomics is the systematic study of the proteins in a cell, tissue or organism providing scientists with a rich source of biological data. The availability of an interoperable infrastructure and analysis tools through VBI’s Pathogen Portal (ToolBus/PathPort) project allows scientists to use this proteomics data to advance scientific research against bioterrorism agents and in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of emerging infectious diseases.

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Susan Bland
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Published by Susan Bland, June 27, 2005