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From the Computational Genetics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania (www.epistasis.org)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Ideas for how informaticians can get involved with COVID-19 research

Moore JH, Barnett I, Boland MR, Chen Y, Demiris G, Gonzalez-Hernandez G, Herman DS, Himes BE, Hubbard RA, Kim D, Morris JS, Mowery DL, Ritchie MD, Shen L, Urbanowicz R, Holmes JH. Ideas for how informaticians can get involved with COVID-19 research. BioData Min. 2020 May 12;13:3. doi: 10.1186/s13040-020-00213-y. PMID: 32419848; PMCID: PMC7216865. [PubMed] [BioData Mining]


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on population health and wellbeing. Biomedical informatics is central to COVID-19 research efforts and for the delivery of healthcare for COVID-19 patients. Critical to this effort is the participation of informaticians who typically work on other basic science or clinical problems. The goal of this editorial is to highlight some examples of COVID-19 research areas that could benefit from informatics expertise. Each research idea summarizes the COVID-19 application area, followed by an informatics methodology, approach, or technology that could make a contribution. It is our hope that this piece will motivate and make it easy for some informaticians to adopt COVID-19 research projects.