March 3, 2017: Congratulations to UIC Computer Science Associate Professor Liz Marai on new NIH R01 award

Congratulations to UIC Computer Science faculty member Liz Marai on receiving a new $1.1 million NIH R01 award from the National Cancer Institute. R01 awards are the oldest and the most prestigious research awards offered by the NIH.

The project's title is "SMART-ACT: Spatial Methodologic Approaches for Risk Assessment and Therapeutic Adaptation in Cancer Treatment" and it will run from March 2017 through February 2020. This is interdisciplinary, multi-institution work together with University of Texas, University of Iowa, and University of Minnesota. Liz and her students at UIC will use somewhat over a quarter of the funds, and the rest will go as subawards from UIC to the other three institutions.

Brief project description:

This project will develop a computational methodology that supports the construction of a validated precision model of patient-specific outcomes for head and neck cancers, based on demographics, toxicity, and complex imaging data. The methodology will be the first in the field to include both complex imaging and non-imaging data, while taking into account large-scale biological and clinical correlates. A web-based environment will further allow practitioners to interactively explore and communicate the model mechanics and outcomes to stakeholders. The approach is innovative through its leverage of big imaging data repositories and through its unique blend of computational modeling principles from bioengineering, statistics, and computer science (medical imaging and visualization).

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