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A federated bioinformatics platform for public health microbial genomics

Status: 
Past
Competition: 
2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition
Sector: 
Health
Genome Centre(s):
Genome British Columbia, Genome Prairie
Project Leader(s):
Fiona Brinkman (Simon Fraser University), Gary Van Domselaar (National Microbiology Laboratory), William Hsiao (University of British Columbia)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2013-2014
Project Description: 

Despite recent advances in medical, sanitary and public health practices, diseases communicable via bacteria still remain a serious threat. Whole genome sequencing of disease-causing bacteria can provide comprehensive data to identify and track these organisms. However, the current complexity of analytic tools makes it difficult for public health investigators to use and share genomics information in a timely and effective manner.

Drs. Fiona Brinkman, Gary Van Domselaar and William Hsiao aim to address these gaps by providing public health workers with easy-to-use bioinformatics and genomics analytic tools to allow them to better manage communicable diseases and provide quicker responses to infectious disease outbreaks.