Baris Suzek Receives Collaboration Award for caBIG Work

August 12, 2009

Ken Buetow and John Niederhuber present the Collaboration Award to Baris Suzek
Ken Buetow and John Niederhuber present the Collaboration Award to Baris Suzek

Baris Suzek, MS, received the caBIG® 2009 Award for Collaboration at the caBIG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC July 20-22. Suzek is an instructor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology, and associate team lead for bioinformatics at the Protein Information Resource.

caBIG stands for the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, a national information network enabling cancer researchers to access data across institutions. The caBIG initiative is led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and is often called the “world wide web” of cancer research. The ultimate aim of the program is to eliminate the gaps that come from the variety of research methods used by scientists at different institutions. By creating a universal standard for information management, anyone will be able to use and interpret the data without specialty assistance. Georgetown University is actively engaged in the design and development of caBIG, and was the first implementation site to be reviewed by the NCI at the initiation of the project in 2004.

The Award for Collaboration “recognizes collaborative work with achievements based on multiple contributions from individuals or teams.” Suzek is a key member of the Georgetown team that works on caBIG, which includes researchers from PIR, Advanced Research Computing (ARC), as well as the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

His work with caBIG has focused on several implementation teams within caBIG, which is divided into workspaces that focus on specific areas, such as basic research, clinical trials management, in vivo imaging and tissue banks. Suzek has made significant contributions to the Vocabularies and Common Data Elements, Architecture and Integrative Cancer Research workspaces and serves as subject matter expert for the Life Sciences Domain Analysis Model.

Suzek’s nomination statement for the award read, “He has made it his mission to be sure that all teams are consistently collaborating and communicating. In his role as a cross-cutting workspace ‘Guide’ to the Integrative Cancer Research Workspace, he has been the communication vehicle and project manager to keep these groups apprised of projects that involve all three.”

He was further praised for his technical expertise, diplomacy and work ethic by Kenneth Buetow, PhD, director of the NCI Center for Bioinformatics, and John Niederhuber, MD, director of the NCI, who presented the award.

To learn more about Georgetown and Lombardi’s involvement in caBIG visit and select “Knowledge is Power” caBIG in action at Georgetown University (2008).

Author: Allison Whitney