INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE (ICTBioMed)
OHSL developed ICTBioMed, a partnership between six international supercomputing centers with synergistic capabilities, and developed data use agreements for project grant opportunities. The consortium is built on a foundation of domain knowledge, network and computing resources that researchers can use to access new tools. All collaborating institutions aim to contribute to the development of these tools that address current challenges in biomedical research.
The National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP) launched by National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports biomedical informatics in cancer research. NCIP offers among other resources the NCIP Hub, a science gateway for helping to accelerate innovation in the cancer research community. NCIP Hub is based on the science gateway framework HUBzero® and allows for creation of projects sharing data and running data analysis with different tools such as 3D Slicer, an open source software platform for medical image informatics, image processing, and three-dimensional visualization.
ICTBioMed has created Docker containers with pre-configured workflows used by cancer researchers. Example data sets are included in the Docker container for the proof of concept and the prototype for testing these Docker containers is underway. The enhancement will provide a seamless approach for execution of cancer-related workflows and will be available to all projects in the NCIP Hub. The science gateway opens new avenues for future collaborations across the countries to solve common problems and gives stronger opportunity to fight cancer.
MYCROFT COGNITIVE ASSISTANT
Mycroft is designed to make the process of applying for NIH research grants more efficient. Going beyond simple form preparation software, Mycroft uses IBM’s Watson to apply cognitive computing power to the NIH grant process, allowing scientists to develop better proposals in less time. Mycroft can assist investigators in monitoring and identifying the appropriate grant program. It can help build the ideal research team, including analysis of the gaps in expertise and knowledge and suggesting new team members. And Mycroft can assist by amassing the necessary background research, journal articles and other data needed to support the basic research proposal and help frame the essential question(s) to be investigated. By using Mycroft, research institutions can speed up the process of preparing research grants, assist investigators in preparing more successful research proposals, and allow researchers more time to pursue their research obligations and/or apply for additional grants.
IUCKA is a public-private partnership of stakeholders dedicated to enabling technological and cultural ”connections” that improve cancer outcomes. IUCKA’s mission is to enable and facilitate the generation, use and reuse of knowledge in India via the country’s own institutions, people, technology and data; and to address dimensions of the Indian cancer problem in a way that is comprehensive, scalable, sustainable and affordable. IUCKA serves to improve the decision-making process for doctors in India and help them make better informed treatment choices. To this end, IUCKA is designed apply the latest in information technology and cognitive computing to cancer treatment and research centers in India.
OHSL TELESYNERGY LAB
TELESYNERGY® allows physicians and scientists across the state or across town to seek a second opinion with another expert. They can view the same material, while also seeing and speaking with each other, as if in the same room. TELESYNERGY® uses off-the-shelf equipment and communication devices plus open source software for long-distance collaboration between medical institutions. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Center for Information Technology (CIT) originally funded the development of Telesynergy technology for the NIH ten years ago to utilize for expanding access of healthcare to disparate regions around the world. It uses the assistance of audio, video, and screen sharing and manipulation to allow doctors and medical advisors to simulate working side-by-side on their cases. OHSL is currently working with the NIH to update the software and make it more widely available. Telesynergy can bring doctors and patients, wherever they are, and whatever distance stretches between them, to a virtual space where they can communicate as though they are in close physical proximity—whether in relation to a patient’s treatment, or to share research on a medical subject.