The workforce awards support curriculum development and training of a new generation of informatics professionals; SHARP awards are targeted at research programs that will address problems that have impeded the adoption of health IT, and electronic health records especially, while assisting a high-carrying out continuously-learning healthcare program. ‘AMIA members are excellent stewards of grant funds intended to ‘grow’ the informatics employees,’ states Nancy Lorenzi, Associate Vice Chancellor for Wellness Professor and Affairs of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University, and Chair of the AMIA Plank of Directors. ‘Oversight of informatics teaching and curriculum programs by AMIA members means that future health and biomedical informatics professionals will learn how to work in inter-professional groups, deliver patient-centered care, make use of evidence-based practices, and improve quality of treatment.’..Nevertheless, Martin said the next step for his team is to test the treatment in a clinical trial with a more substantial group of patients. The people in the current study all had a pancreatic tumor that had extended into nearby organs, making complete surgical removal difficult. The zapping technique is supposed to corral the cancers cells and prolong the patient’s survival. One pancreatic cancer expert called the strategy another potential treatment opportunity.