New Consortium Will Develop Computer Systems To Connect Genomic Data With Disease; $20 Million Grant

A $20 million grant awarded to a consortium of four research universities including Duke University Medical Center will help scientists collaborate to develop the powerful computing systems and analyses to trace the origins of neurologic disease from alterations in the basic structural information of the human genome to the diseases they produce. By focusing on mouse models of neurologic disease, scientists at Duke University, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and University of California at San Diego (UCSD) hope to make basic discoveries about the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric diseases and drug abuse that will lead to more effective treatments The project -- funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a division of the National Institutes of Health -- will be known as the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN). Construction of the computer infrastructure for the project will be coordinated by scientists at the UCSD Supercomputer Center and will also involve neuroscientists and imaging specialists from the UCSD, UCLA and Caltech in Pasadena, Calif.

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