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Friday, November 20, 2009

Cutting edge HPC applications for bioinformatics

Canadian-based GPU maker Tycrid Platform Technologies has just announced the launch of the Prometheus Alliance, a collaborative effort aimed at developing cutting edge HPC applications for bioinformatics, with a specific emphasis on next-gen sequencing data and personalized genomics.

Chris Heier, President of Tycrid Platform Technologies, stated in a release that "Alliance is being established to address a specific challenge that continues to impede the progress of scientific discovery – the lack of scalable, purpose-built appliances. I feel this is critical as we can virtually eliminate the need for scientists to become computer scientists. Our goal is to take a fresh, innovative approach to developing HPC solutions that do one thing really well – address specific computational challenges for bioinformatics.”

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vacancy for a Computing Officer - Web Applications and Data Management - University of Oxford

The Oxford University Image Bioinformatics Research Group wishes to appoint a Computing Officer – Web Applications and Data Management to work on the JISC-funded ADMIRAL Project - A Data Management Infrastructure for Research Across the Life Sciences. This will involve interactive working with researchers to improve the management, archiving and Web Publication of their biological research data, undertaking Web application development, and system evaluation and maintenance of the data management infrastructure.

Applicants should have a good B.Sc. or higher degree, probably in maths or science, and show evidence of creativity and research competence. Good programming and data management skills are required, as is familiarity with the standards and principles of modern Web application development. Experience with agile development techniques, Javascript, JQuery, Java, Python and RDF, and competence in Linux computer systems administration would be desirable.
Further details about this post can be found at: The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 30 November 2009.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NIH Awards $67M in EUREKA Grants

The National Institutes of Health has granted $67.4 million in funding for trailblazing research that could reap great benefits but which are not guaranteeing immediate results, including genomics and proteomics studies, NIH said Monday.

The Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) program grants $200,000 per year for up to four years for researchers that test unconventional ideas or "tackle major methodological or technical challenges," according to NIH. Of the 56 grants, 10 researchers will receive a total of $10.6 million for two-year awards through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"EUREKA awards reflect NIH's continued commitment to funding transformative research, even if it carries more than the usual degree of scientific risk," NIH Director Francis Collins said in a statement. "The grants seek to elicit those 'eureka moments' when scientists make major theoretical or technical advances."

"The research supported by EUREKA could provide us with new concepts, tools and approaches that have a profound impact on our understanding of biology — from fundamental life processes to human diseases and behavior," said Jeremy Berg, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which led development of the program.

The grants include support for a study at Arizona State University, Tempe, titled "Working Backwards from the Proteome"; development for a genome-wide RNAi screening platform for the common lab at Scripps Research Institute; a study at the University of Miami of the genome, transcriptome, and proteome interaction in the human cortex, or the human 'brainome'; and a study of single-cell functional genomics at Yeshiva University, among others.

The EUREKA program was developed with collaboration from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Library of Medicine.

More information regarding the grants can be found here.

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Life Science and Informatics

What is this?
is this a new industry?
or a old wine in a new bottle?

Well Life Sciences and Informatics can be anything form computational biology, all omes and omics, core bioinformatics to curation and literature mining, database creation, in the area of biology, chemistry , bio-chem space.

There are number of companies in India and bangalore is the forefront as a major bio-cluster with 20 to 30 companies in this sphere.

now how good are these companies doing?
how good are they in terms of the international markets and how profitable is their business?
what do they do?
their clients?

These are some interesting things that could be discussed in this blog page...

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