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DBMI was founded in the summer of 2009; since then, it has been a Division within the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine and, in 2015, it also became a Department of UC San Diego Health -- having the tri-partite mission of research, training, and service/collaboration. DBMI designs, implements, and evaluates informatics algorithms and systems that serve biomedical researchers, other healthcare providers, and public health professionals.
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Featured Classes - Fall 2020

  • Principles of Biomedical Informatics (MED264)
  • Current Trends in Biomedical Informatics (MED262)
  • Cancer Genomics Journal Club (MED278)

Featured Projects

  • CA COVID Notify is a new voluntary pilot program that uses Apple and Google smartphone technology to help rapidly control COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Block Estimate Chain: creating Knowledge ON demand & protecting privacy.  Artificial intelligence performed jointly between multiple collaborating institutions can accelerate genomic medicine research and facilitate quality improvement, but relies on a trust model which may be too optimistic in real-world setting. 
  • COVID-19 Data Index,, collects and indexes all types of COVID-19 datasets from major data repositories, publications, and individual online sources.
  • Strong Heart Study - iDASH, NHBLI
  • Accrual to Clinical Trials CTSA , NIH
  • Patient-Centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research pSCANNER, PCORI
  • University of California Research exchange UC-ReX, UCOP
  • Protection of Records: Privacy Technology for Medical Research PREP, NLM
  • Informed CONsent for Clinical data and biosample Use in Research iCONCUR, NIH
  • California Precision Medicine Consortium CaPMC, NIH

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Featured Papers


Featured News & Events

Shamim Nemati, Supreeth P. Shashikumar, Fatemeh Amrollahi, Tsung-Ting Kuo and Lucila Ohno-Machado, Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to maximize use of Electronic Health Record data at pg 277 (and in espanol at pg125).

Ohno-Machado L, Xu H. Coronavirus: indexed data speed up solutions. Nature 584, 192 (2020)

Congratulations to Sally Baxter for being awarded the 2020 NIH Director's Early Independence Award!

Congratulations to Michelle Dow for being awarded her PhD, June 2020

Congratulations to Margaret Donovan for being awarded her PhD, December 2019

DBMI turned 10! 
Learn more about our 10-year Symposium
Surfing on Biomedical Data Since '09.  Watch the recording HERE.

Congratulations to Dr. Ohno-Machado!
For being elected as one of the National Academy of Medicine's 85 new members  -- one of the highest honors one can receive in science.

AND for receiving the 2019 AMIA William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics.

Featured Research

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the All of Us Research Program. The mission is simple. We want to speed up health research breakthroughs. To do this, we're asking one million people to share information about their health, habits, and what it's like where they live. By looking for patterns in this information, researchers may learn more about what affects people's health. 

We look forward to sharing this exciting and revolutionary journey with you.

For more information about the All of Us Research Program at UC San Diego Health, please click on the image below: