[LINK] Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence
Mon Nov 25 23:02:10 EST 2002
Michelle Allan <Michele.Allan@dsd.tas.gov.au>, Interim Chair Tasmanian
Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence addressed the ACS AGM in Hobart,
Thursday 21 November 2002. The centre hasn't had as much publicity as the
ICT Centre of Excellence, announced a few days later.
The centre has carried out a market analysis of Bioinformatics (BI). There
are no exclusively BI companies, as the industry is integrated with
equipment makers and other companies.
Interestingly a major resource for the centre is seen as Tasmania's
population. No jokes about Tasmanians marrying their cousins please. ;-)
One area of research is visualisation and 3D modelling,
The centre will work on data security to control access to information
about the human population. This is something which is addressed in a
theoretical, legal and ethical sense, but not necessarily implemented in
actual software. This would be of benefit to Grangenet
The project doesn't have a web site yet and I could find only two
references to it on the web. Here is one:
>... on 20 May 2002, the Commonwealth Government announced the
>establishment of a Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence.
>Bioinformatics combines the tools of computer science, mathematics,
>statistics and information technology to solve problems in biology and
>medicine. Researchers at the Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence will seek
>to understand the patterns that lie hidden beneath biological data
>enabling them to predict, for example, some of the factors contributing
>to diseases and to design improved methods for diagnosis and
>treatment.Recent research from Front Line Strategic Consulting suggests
>that bioinformatics will grow to a$1.7 billion global industry by 2006.
>Tasmania's excellent genealogical and health records, together with its
>relatively recent European settlement and island geography make it a
>perfect environment for advanced developments in bioinformatics.
>The Intelligent Island Program allocated up to $20 million for the
>establishment of the Centre. The funding is part of $40 million dollars
>provided by the Commonwealth Government from proceeds from the second
>tranche of the partial sale of Telstra for a program designed to
>accelerate the growth of the information and communications technology
>(ICT) sector in Tasmania.
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