Precision Medicine is Next Frontier in HPC at SC16

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medicineA panel of some of the world’s leading experts will come together to discuss this next frontier of healthcare at SC16, the premier international conference showcasing HPC on Nov. 14 in Salt Lake City.

Enabling innovations in precision medicine are increasing capacity and creativity in biomedical informatics, combining with exciting discoveries in gene sequencing, molecular biomarkers, and the relatively young science of proteomics, the study of proteins and their interplay with disease and human health,” said Steve Conway, a supercomputing analyst from IDC who will also lead the panel. “Emerging and more precise biomedical research tools are advancing discovery, while efforts to ethically collect, analyze and share the data behind disease are also positioning scientists to find the next new treatments.”

According to Conway, precision medicine has been a hotspot of innovation for a while now, and the interdisciplinary work of medical researchers and computer scientists is bearing fruit in clinical settings already. In fact, the U.S. government has invested $210 billion over the past few years through its Precision Medicine initiative, and earlier this year announced the Cancer Moonshot initiative in an effort to improve treatments and ultimately cure cancer.

“Truly transformative discoveries are happening, and those discoveries are driving powerful shifts in how we combat disease and make people’s lives better,” he stated. “These leading minds will discuss how combining supercomputing technology with research and physician input will improve quality of life, increase efficacies and mitigate or eliminate the burdens of disease for millions of patients.”

Scheduled participants include:

  • Dr. Mitchell Cohen, Director of Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center; Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Martha Head, Senior Director, The Noldor; Acting Head, Insights from Data at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Warren Kibbe, Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT); Chief Information Officer; Acting Deputy Director; National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, Chief Scientist & Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Dr. Steve Scott, Chief Technology Officer, Cray Inc.

SC16SC16 is the premier international conference showcasing the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis and lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. The annual event, created and sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society, attracts HPC professionals and educators from around the globe to participate in its complete technical education program, workshops, tutorials, a world class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning.

See our complete coverage of SC16, which takes place Nov. 13-18 in Salt Lake City.