Mathematical help in fighting disease

Technology

October 14, 2005|By FRANK D. ROYLANCE | FRANK D. ROYLANCE,SUN STAFF

Looking for new ways to unravel the mysteries of the human body and the origins of disease, Johns Hopkins University has launched a new organization to harness the power of high-performance computers and mathematical modeling in the service of medical research. School officials said the new Institute for Computational Medicine will link experts in Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. Together, they will work to analyze and model disease mechanisms, predict risk and test the most effective therapies as mathematical models. "We may be able to identify a biological sequence of events that leads to a health problem, and thus suggest more effective therapeutics to treat these problems," said Raimond L. Winslow, who will direct the institute. The institute was established with $8 million from the National Institutes of Health, the D.W. Reynolds Foundation and the Falk Medical Trust.

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