Huge Funding for Cancer Genome Collaboratory
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) recently announced more than $1 million in funding for research infrastructure to support powerful new computing tools based at the University of Toronto that will help researchers around the globe delve further into the genetic analysis of cancers.
The investment, which is part of a $7.3 million Discovery Frontiers grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, addresses one of the major challenges facing genomics research: the ability to rein in the vast amounts of data it generates.
A state-of-the-art cloud computing facility, the Cancer Genome Collaboratory, is at the epicentre of the project. It will house the genetic profiles of cancers in more than 25,000 patients from around the world. The new computing tools will allow researchers from across the globe to access this data and to analyze and manipulate it to learn more about different cancers, share research methods and results, and get one step closer to finding cures for the disease.
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