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Date:2/3/2010

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"UC San Diego has a unique combination of talent in the areas of biomedical and behavioral science, engineering, computer science, and informatics," explained Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics and professor in UCSD's Department of Medicine. "This combination enables the implementation of transformative projects such as CYCORE. A robust infrastructure for data sharing in biomedical research is long overdue, and CYCORE will be filling an important role in comparative effectiveness research, which is critical for the development of a sustainable healthcare model. Focusing on cancer is a great choice, as it is a data-rich domain for which some building blocks for efficient data integration and data analyses already exist."

The CYCORE project will benefit from the unique visualization technologies based at Calit2, including the virtual-reality StarCAVE, where researchers wearing stereoscopic glasses can 'walk into' digitally rendered models of hyper-magnified biological structures. Calit2's HIPerSpace tiled-display wall which features nearly 287 million pixels of screen resolution makes it possible for researchers to look at large datasets on a massive scale, while tele-collaborating with other institutions in real time.

The mobile technologies and wearable sensors that eventually will be incorporated into the cyberinfrastructure will also come from the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems (CWPHS), a 'clinical outpost' of the UCSD School of Medicine at Calit2. CWPHS is led by Patrick, who is also a member of UCSD's Institute for Engineering in Medicine.

The CYCORE cyberinfrastructure will represent a significant advance in data aggregation and computer networking, according to Calit2 Chief System Architect Ingolf Krueger. "This cyberinfrastructure is uniquely positioned in its responsiveness to stakeholder needs," explained Krueger. "It is policy-reactive, meaning that i
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Contact: Doug Ramsey
dramsey@ucsd.edu
858-822-5825
University of California - San Diego
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