Integrative Modeling of Multi-Platform Genomics and Imaging Data for Precision Medicine

Monday, February 20, 2017: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Room 313 (Hynes Convention Center)
Veera Baladandayuthapani, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Modern biomedicine has generated unprecedented amounts of data. A combination of clinical, environmental and public health information, proliferation of associated genomic information, and increasingly complex digital information have created unique challenges in assimilating, organizing, analyzing and interpreting such structured as well as unstructured data. Each of these distinct data types provides a different, partly independent and complementary, high-resolution view of various biological processes. Modeling and inference in such studies is challenging, not only due to high dimensionality, but also due to presence of structured dependencies (e.g. pathway/regulatory mechanisms, serial and spatial correlations etc.). Integrative analyses of these multi-domain data combined with patients’ clinical outcomes can help us understand the complex biological processes that characterize a disease, as well as how these processes relate to the eventual progression and development of a disease. This talk will cover statistical and computational frameworks that acknowledge and exploit these inherent complex structural relationships for both biomarker discovery and clinical prediction to aid translational medicine. The approaches will be illustrated using several case examples in oncology.