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Bioinformatics

Cancer, dementia and cardiovascular disease are all serious health problems that are heavily reliant on supercomputers and complex equations to discover better treatment and diagnostic solutions. At Centenary, bioinformatics is computing power that accelerates basic research toward the development of improved disease therapies and diagnostics.

Understanding Disease

Bioinformatics applies information theory and technology to health.

If we could identify a unique genetic signature for every disease, it would be possible to enable the prediction of outcomes. Disease conditions can take different paths depending on the genetic environment and thus require a different personalised medicine approach.

We are using bioinformatics approaches to probe for such signatures within the specific diseases studied at Centenary. In collaboration with Centenary’s cancer researchers, we were able to identify genes involved in blood cell development to help understand the mechanisms of leukemia. Our long-term goal is to develop personalised medicine.

Finding a Cure

Cancer, dementia and cardiovascular disease are all serious health problems that are heavily reliant on supercomputers and complex equations to discover better treatment and diagnostic solutions.

At Centenary, bioinformatics is computing power that accelerates basic research toward the development of improved disease therapies and diagnostics.

Research and analysis that takes years in the laboratory can be conducted rapidly within minutes to hours using bioinformatics tools.

In the next decade, we believe that patient diagnosis for diseases such as cancer or dementia will be performed by computer-assisted genomics tests. This type of computer disease diagnosis is already undertaken overseas and Australia is not far behind.

Group Leader:

Dr William Richie