Health Science Computing

ICF’s health science computing center of excellence is focused on maintaining a science-driven perspective in applying computing resources innovatively to enable decisions that improve public health.



Continually advancing technologies and methodologies enable health and biomedical data to be generated at a much faster pace than the tools and systems that have been built and implemented to manage and analyze them. Increasingly, scientists are challenged in performing their analyses not by a lack of data, but by the sheer volume of data and limited capabilities to sift through and translate them. ICF uses computing resources in innovative, customer-tailored ways, helping scientists and decision makers see through and understand the data to make better decisions.

ICF understands applied science and the perspective of the scientist. We create systems and tools that are effective for scientists by supporting their workflow, processes, and data needs, rather than forcing them and their data to conform to a system designed without their needs in mind. In short, our data systems, IT applications, and support processes are developed to realize the scientist’s objectives within their given environment.

Our health science computing services span the entire lifecycle of health and research data—from generation to analysis to decision making. We develop IT applications that support faster scientific discovery, clearer interpretation, and more transparent reporting. With our expertise in knowledge management, bioinformatics, and science communication, we can make health science information more meaningful, more accessible, and more rapidly available.

Health Sciences Data Management Life Cycle


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently nominated ICF's Bruce Fowler for the Charles C. Shepard Science Award.


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  • Measurement and data analytics—ICF applies the most suitable data collection techniques and employs advanced data integration and analytics solutions that improve data quality and enable discovery. We provide tools and methodologies that facilitate analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to answer our clients’ most pertinent and challenging research questions and produce actionable, understandable results.
  • Data validation and management—ICF utilizes best practices to ensure that data quality and interoperability are maximized. Through innovative data integration and curation methods, we are able to coalesce data into collaborative repositories, allowing clients to tap into and mine their data without oppressive or burdensome requirements placed upon the researcher. Our result is researchers who can trust in the quality, provenance, and security of their data, without being distracted from their focus on data exploration, analysis, and discovery.
  • Computational toxicology and risk assessment—ICF conducts leading-edge research in bioinformatics analysis, methods, and associated software development. We collaborate in the development and implementation of new methodologies to produce supervised and unsupervised predictive classification models from classical, genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data.
  • Information system and tool development—ICF combines its world-class subject matter expertise with cutting-edge IT capabilities to develop information systems and tools that help manage science and related business processes, organize and process data, and generate useful outputs and reports, all tailored to the specific needs of health scientists and decision makers.
  • Performance measurement and evaluation—ICF understands that the promise of thousands of new datasets alone will not be enough to convince sponsors of the value of their research investment. We help our clients plan for, data mine, and report measures and stories of success to demonstrate and evaluate transparency, efficiency, and impact without burdening the principal investigators and scientists.
  • Dedicated IT support to research centers—ICF’s clients rely on data resulting from their scientific studies to protect and promote public health. Consequently, they need top notch information technology, computational science, and research laboratory support services in order to advance their public health mission. ICF ensures that our clients successfully accomplish their missions by providing support teams that are fully trained in and respectful of the rules and standards of the environment they support. We provide staff that is well versed and experienced in supporting scientific research as well as knowledgeable and talented in the IT field.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
      • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
      • National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
    • Office of Research and Development (ORD)
      • National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA)
      • National Center for Environmental Research (NCER)
    • Office of Water
  • Cara HenningDr. Cara Henning

    Senior Technical Specialist

    Expertise in: Health, Environment

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The following publications were co-authored by ICF's Bruce Fowler while working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and were prepared for the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine (DTEM) and for the Program in Toxicology at the University of Maryland.


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