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Quantifying the transmission potential of pandemic influenza

From the abstract:

"This article reviews quantitative methods to estimate the basic reproduction number of pandemic influenza, a key threshold quantity to help determine the intensity of interventions required to control the disease."

From ITNews:

"The team will use the grid to analyse the results of experiments on proteins using data collected by scientists at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, New York. The researchers estimate that this analysis would take conventional computer systems 162 years to complete. Dr Jurisica anticipates that the analysis could be finished in one to two years..."

Obesity rates for females by country for 2005, 2015

National Children's Study

The University of Minnesota has been awarded nearly $14 million dollars over five years to be a lead study center in the National Children's Study to assess the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child and human health in the United States. The study center will manage local participant recruitment and data collection in the largest and most comprehensive study of child and human health ever conducted in the United States.

The University is one of 22 new study centers of the National Children's Study, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information about the National Children's Study and a complete list of study centers, visit

Brain Sciences Center/The Mind Institute

“The MIND Institute (Mental Illness and Neuroscience Discovery) is a consortium of universities, schools of medicine, brain research institutions and laboratories in Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Mexico. The institute supports clinical and basic neuroscience research, as well as research and technology development in the areas of instrumentation, data analysis and computational modeling for functional brain imaging. Through this unique collaboration of scientific expertise and advanced neuroimaging technology, such as MEG, fMRI and MRS; the MIND Institute’s partners have combined forces to advance research and understanding of the brain to make it into one of the most powerful scientific consortiums in the world.?


"The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched the caBIG™ (cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid™) initiative to speed research discoveries and improve patient outcomes by linking researchers, physicians, and patients throughout the cancer community. caBIG™ is a voluntary network of infrastructure, tools, and ideas that enables the collection, analysis, and sharing of data and knowledge along the entire research pathway from laboratory bench to patient bedside."

"Today, there are more than 800 individuals -- from over 80 organizations -- working on caBIG™ projects."

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