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Release date- 06022014 - The Minister for Science and Universities, the Rt Hon David Willetts, will announce today at the
The five awards will strengthen collaborative links, improve tools and infrastructure for researchers and will support the safe use of biological and patient data for medical research across all diseases. The awards will also support career opportunities for computational scientists, technologists and programme leaders, enhancing the
The medical bioinformatics initiative will build new ways of linking across complex biological data and health records to solve key medical challenges.
Universities and Science Minister Rt Hon David Willets said, 'Making the most of large and complex data is a huge priority for government as it has the potential to drive research and development, increase productivity and innovation and ultimately transform lives.
'This funding will help build
Professor Pallen explained, 'We think that this will probably be the largest computational facility dedicated to medical microbial bioinformatics anywhere in the world, which reflects recognition within the
Alongside the substantial investment in hardware, the funding will enable the team to deliver training in bioinformatics to a wide range of users from universities and the health services, alongside fellowships for three talented British bioinformaticians.
Professor Pallen added, 'We aim to create a one-stop-shop for microbial bioinformatics, where users can access all the relevant pipelines and programs, data and databases.'
'Rather than taking aim at the fixed, relatively tractable target of the human genome, in this consortium we will focus instead on genomic information derived from hundreds of bacterial pathogens and thousands of commensal species: a distributed and dynamic system of many millions of genes, at least two orders of magnitude larger than the human gene set.'
'We aim to develop tools for understanding the rich and dynamic community of microorganisms associated with the human body - a community now known to play a decisive role in the balance between health and disease, even in medical conditions not usually considered as microbial in origin - for example, obesity.'
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The Consortium will be headed up by Professor
The Consortium will facilitate a wide spectrum of research, including the biology of pathogens and related model organisms, the emergence, evolution and spread of pathogens in hospitals and in the wider community, the integration of patient and pathogen data, the mechanisms, mobilisation and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance, the identification of targets for new drugs and vaccines and new sequence-based approaches to diagnosis. It will forge links with partners in public health microbiology and in the NHS.
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