Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer:
Personalized Medicine & the Cure for Cancer

February 17, 2010 | 2-6:30pm

A symposium for medical professionals, researchers and patient advocates

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Subha Madhavan, PhD, MS
Connecting the Dots: Informatics

15 min, 57 seconds

Subha Madhavan, PhD Director of Clinical Research Informatics, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Subha Madhavan, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Research Informatics at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is an information scientist who has worked in the field of biomedical informatics and clinical data management and analysis for over 10 years. Prior to joining Georgetown, Madhavan served as the Associate Director of Product and Program Management in the life sciences informatics area at the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information technology (CBIIT). Her work at NCI involved bridging the gap between bench and bedside by enabling researchers and physician scientists to use cutting-edge biomedical informatics solutions to identify better therapies for cancer. Specifically, she led a group of scientists, physicians and software engineers in building REMBRANDT – a database that hosts and interconnects clinical data points with various genomics datasets from large brain tumor clinical trials. Madhavan and the REMBRANDT project were awarded the Service to America Award in 2005. Also at the NCI, Madhavan co–managed a team that defined and implemented the information strategy for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project and the TCGA data portal ( Through her graduate work in Molecular Pharmacology at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, her post–doctoral training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and professional career in the industry and the government, Madhavan has been able to employ her multi-disciplinary expertise in sciences and information technology to advance biomedicine. At Georgetown, she leads various informatics efforts including the caBIG in silico Research Center for Excellence, the Cancer Family Registries and the Georgetown Database of Cancer (G–DOC).

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