Internet2 2008 IDEA Award Presented to CEB
The winners of the 2008 Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Awards program include the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s “Geography-independent Cancer Research Tools.” The award recognizes leading innovators who have created and deployed advanced network applications that enable transformational progress in research, teaching, and learning. Awards were presented at Internet2’s 2008 Spring Member Meeting held in Arlington, Virginia on April 22, 2008.
From the Internet2 news release:
The U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health is developing advanced network-based tools and techniques that leverage the speed and capability of research networks like Internet2 to enable doctors from around the world to more effectively participate in cancer research studies and enable more comprehensive analysis of cancer research data. These tools have transformed the way geographically distant cancer researchers are able to collaborate (e.g., over 40 researchers and medical professionals across 6 countries) who have now conducted over ten studies in just two years which has significantly benefited the field. While these breakthrough tools are currently being utilized for cervical cancer research, there is significant potential for extending their use broadly in the biomedical field.
“Advanced research networks such as Internet2 could not be more critical in the global enterprise to address the world’s health by enabling geographically distant researchers and health care workers to collaborate remotely,” said George Thoma, chief, Communications Engineering Branch (CEB). “The tools include systems to store thousands of images and longitudinal patient records, and provide access to these images by shape, color and texture features. The focus of current research is to study cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus, but other research areas are planned.”