April 19, 2012

Vanderbilt’s Lasko lands biomedical informatics grant

Thomas Lasko, MD, PhD

Vanderbilt’s Lasko lands biomedical informatics grant

Thomas Lasko, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, has been awarded a three-year, $180,000 research grant from the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation.

Thomas Lasko, M.D., Ph.D.

Thomas Lasko, M.D., Ph.D.

The foundation’s grant program focuses on early-stage biomedical research that has the potential to impact disease. Priority is given to promising young investigators or to established investigators in need of initial start-up funding for new lines of research.

Every six months the foundation invites U.S. universities to nominate up to two scientists for the award. In the most recent submission period, the foundation received 52 nominations and Lasko was one of only three winners.

“This is a highly competitive research award and we’re very pleased for Tom,” said Kevin Johnson, M.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and professor of Pediatrics.

Lasko’s grant proposal was titled “Scalable Biomedical Pattern Recognition via Deep Learning.” His work is focused on computer-assisted detection of important patterns in large, diverse clinical datasets.

“I thank the Mallinckrodt Foundation for this generous support. I knew from the beginning that this was going to be a long shot, so I am especially gratified,” Lasko said.

Contingent upon yearly progress reports, Lasko was awarded $60,000 per year for up to three years. The grant will help pay for salary and equipment.

Faculty interested in being nominated for this grant program should contact Vanderbilt University Foundation Relations at 343-4574.