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WestGrid & Compute Canada Supporting a Calgary-led Research Program to Combat Infections

WestGrid and Compute Canada are supporting an innovative new program by the University of Calgary and Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS) to develop a new strategy to combat infections. The program, called Precision Infection Management (PIM), has been called an “immense undertaking” by its founders and requires a massive computer database, ResistanceDB, which will be hosted on Compute Canada's national platform.

On a regional level, WestGrid is contributing specialized technical expertise — from database architects to senior programmers to data security experts — to help develop and build the components that will power ResistanceDB.

“Together, WestGrid and Compute Canada bring extensive experience in supporting large-scale science projects, building tools for communities of researchers, and enabling massive computing and data management efforts, so we are very excited to be involved in this partnership,” says Lindsay Sill, WestGrid’s Chief Executive Officer. “A collaboration of this scope and scale depends not only on powerful computing infrastructure but also specialized technical expertise, which is why WestGrid is also contributing key members of our regional team — from database architects to senior programmers to data security experts — to meet the needs of this leading-edge project in genomics and precision health.”

PIM will allow doctors to rapidly identify serious infections and stop them before they develop into life-threatening conditions, says Ian Lewis, an Alberta Innovates Translational Health Chair-Metabolomics at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Science.

Read the full announcement at: http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2018-01-24/calgary-team-leads-international-effort-reduce-death-and-disability-infections

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Photo Credit: University of Calgary Faculty of Science photo. Eight opportunistic pathogens cause more than 85 per cent of bloodstream infections. The University of Calgary and Calgary Laboratory Services have teamed up to find a new way to rapidly identify serious infections and stop them before they develop into life-threatening conditions.