Developing personalised treatment for kids with cancer

Childhood cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia and tragically, every week three children and adolescents in Australia currently die because of cancer. Every child is different, every cancer is unique, and so treatment has to be tailored for each individual. To personalise medicine, doctors and researchers need to use the latest innovations and technologies that can provide a unique insight into an individual child’s cancer to enable identification of the drugs likely to target their cancer most effectively. Enter CAVATICA - a cloud-based platform for collaboratively accessing, sharing, and analysing childhood cancer data. The platform allows scientists worldwide to

Strategic partnership between the Australian Research Data Commons and Bioplatforms Australia provid

Biology is increasingly a digital science driving fundamental transformations of enormous value in health, agriculture and environmental management. As more data is generated by increasingly sophisticated instruments, the data intense biosciences are putting a strain on current Australian research infrastructure capacities, creating a national bioinformatics challenge. A strategic partnership between Bioplatforms Australia and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) will put Australia on the front foot in response to the national bioinformatics challenge. The two organisations are investing in a national initiative known as the Australian Bioinformatics Commons (BioCommons). The BioCommo

Celebrating women in science and technology

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated each year on 11 February. Currently, women represent only 27% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workforce in Australia and fewer than one in five ICT (Information and Communications Technology) professionals is a woman (19%). Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%). Today, be inspired as we dive deep into Dr Bettina Berger’s career to celebrate women in science and technology. Dr Berger is the Scientific Director of The Plant Accelerator, Australia’s first automated

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