Thursday November 26, 2015

University of Toronto Receives $200K NVIDIA Foundation Award for Cancer Research

A team at the University of Toronto, led by Dr. Brendan Frey, is advancing computational cancer research by developing a "genetic interpretation engine" آ– a GPU-powered, deep learning method for identifying cancer-causing mutations. Today the NVIDIA Foundation, our employee-driven philanthropy arm, awarded Frey and his team a US$200,000 grant to further that work آ— and help them usher in an era of personal and effective cancer care.

Cancer kills almost 600,000 people each year in the U.S. alone. It can be caused by any one of an endless variety of mutations, across many different genes. This can make it hard to identify quickly and treat in a highly targeted way. As computers grow more powerful, scientists are delving into giant datasets and deploying computer simulations to research how cancer develops. Part of our "Compute the Cure" initiative, the NVIDIA Foundation’s grant will help Frey’s team scale up their GPU-powered methods so they can be applied to a large number of personal genomes in clinical settings, ultimately involving hundreds of thousands of genomes.

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