U-M team uses Flux HPC cluster for pre-surgery simulations

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Last summer, Alberto Figueroa’s BME lab at the University of Michigan achieved an important “first” – using computer-generated blood flow simulations to plan a complex cardiovascular procedure.

“I believe this is the first time that virtual surgical planning was done for real and not as a retrospective theoretical exercise ,” says Figueroa.

Using a patient’s medical and imaging data, Figueroa was able to create a model of her unique vasculature and blood flow, then use it to guide U-M pediatric cardiologists Aimee Armstrong, Martin Bocks, and Adam Dorfman in placing a graft in her inferior vena cava to help alleviate complications from pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs). The simulations were done using the Flux HPC cluster.

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MICDE parnters with non-profit miRcore

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MICDE has partnered with miRcore, a non-profit organization whose mission is to democratize medical research by building funds for microgrants to support innovative genetic research.

MICDE is providing computational resources and support for miRcore outreach activities, as well as connecting our faculty to the miRcore team to provide expertise and to teach students about personalized medicine and end-user driven research.


MICDE affiliated Prof. Barry Grant at GIDAS 2016 Research Conference poster session

On June 6, MICDE affiliated faculty member Barry Grant joined miRcore’s high school club GIDAS (Genes In Diseases And Symptoms) in their 2016 Research Conference. The students had the opportunity to experience a real conference setting that helped build their interest in science. The students had a chance to give a talk about a research project, present a poster and hands-on workshops. The conference was a huge success. You can read the proceedings on miRcore’s site.

From August 8-12, 2016, MICDE and ARC-TS will donate a Flux allocation and computational support to the GIDAS’ Biotechnology Camp for high school students. The donations will provide students the opportunity to become familiar with the Unix command line and get hands-on experience on computational genomics.