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Big Data Programs in Neuroscience at NIH: Connectomics, Informatics, and the BRAIN initiative
December 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The NeuroPolicy Affinity Group would like to invite you to join us for our fourth event of the fall. We are very excited to have with us Dr. Greg K Farber, the Director of the Office of Technology Development and Coordination at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He will be discussing large scale data programs in neuroscience and beyond in a talk entitled:
“Big Data Programs in Neuroscience at NIH: Connectomics, Informatics, and the BRAIN initiative”
When: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015. 6pm socializing with drinks and snacks, discussion starts at 6:30pm
Where: AAAS Headquarters, 2nd Floor 1200 New York Ave, NW (Entrance on 12 & H st)
Bio: Dr. Farber has a B.S. from Penn State University in chemistry (1984) and a Ph.D. from MIT in physical chemistry (1988). Dr. Farber’s research in graduate school involved determining the three dimensional structure and mechanism of the enzyme xylose isomerase in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory A. Petsko. After graduate school, Dr. Farber received a Life Sciences Research Fellowship to learn mechanistic enzymology with Dr. W. W. Cleland at the University of Wisconsin. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Farber returned to Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and rose to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure by 1998. His research included work on structural movies of enzyme action, molecular evolution, and mechanistic enzymology and was supported by a number of private and federal agencies. Dr. Farber moved to the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of NIH, in 2000. At NCRR, he managed a number centers and individual investigator awards in technology development and bioinformatics, a cohort of interdisciplinary research centers, as well as the $1B ARRA construction program. In June 2011, Dr. Farber became the Director of the Office of Technology Development and Coordination at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). That office is responsible for coordinating all technology development and bioinformatics activities at NIMH including common data element activities, overseeing the NIMH Data Archive, managing the NIMH component of the BRAIN Initiative, managing the Human Connectome project on behalf of the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint, and also overseeing the NIMH small business program.