Case study

05Jun 2018

The Challenge:  Finding ways to support children with autism to develop social interaction and communication skills For children on the autism spectrum, social interaction and communication can be significantly challenging. Approximately 83 per cent of the 164,000 Australians living with autism spectrum disorder are under 25 years old. Additional support is often needed to help […]

20Mar 2018

Advanced bioinformatics tools help sift through millions of genomic mutations to discover the origins of dementia and related neurodegenerative diseases as part of a network of national and international experts. The Challenge: Understanding neurodegenerative diseases Dementia, the pathological decrease in the ability to think and remember, is one of the leading causes of deaths in […]

14Mar 2018
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The Challenge: Patients aren’t completing rehab following total knee replacements Total knee replacement (TKR) is a procedure that has been rising steadily in recent years. In fact there was a 77 per cent increase in TKR surgeries from 2003 to 2014 in Australia, and this trend is likely to continue due to factors such as […]

09Mar 2018

Computational tools to improve genome engineering applications   The GT-Scan suite contains computational tools for efficiently solving the optimisation problem of identifying the most suitable target for genome engineering approaches, which requires to maximise on-target activity (guide efficiency) while also to minimise potential off-target effects (guide specificity). The GT-Scan suite is a machine learning framework […]

09Mar 2018

machine learning for population-scale whole genome data Genomic information is increasingly being used for medical research, giving rise to the need for efficient analysis methodologies able to cope with thousands of individuals and millions of genomic variants. We developed VariantSpark, a machine learning analysis framework for genomic data, utilizing the BigData Spark engine to enable […]

08Feb 2018

  The Challenge: Diabetic retinopathy screening can only be done by specialists Diabetic retinopathy is a complication affecting one in three people with diabetes. Without early detection and timely treatment, it can lead to partial loss of vision or blindness. Only specialists (ophthalmologists) can screen and diagnose people for this condition, so GPs refer at-risk […]

23Nov 2017
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The Challenge Search technologies are critical to enable clinical staff to rapidly and effectively access patient information contained in free-text medical records. Medical search is challenging as it suffers from the semantic gap problem: the mismatch between the raw data and the way a human being interprets it. Valuable domain knowledge explicitly represented in structured […]

23Nov 2017
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The Challenge Death certificates provide an invaluable source for mortality statistics, which can be used for surveillance and early warnings of increases in disease activity and to support the development and monitoring of prevention or response strategies. However, this value can be realised only if timely, accurate and quantitative data is extracted from death certificates, […]