The high-profile Cancer Institute of NSW Big Data Big Impact Grant has been awarded to A/Prof Dan Catchpoole at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. “This is a tremendous achievement and is the product of 12 years of project development”, he said.

Intersect will provide technological assistance. Read more on the project below.

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The high-profile Cancer Institute of NSW Big Data Big Impact Grant has been awarded to A/Prof Dan Catchpoole at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Intersect’s Dr Jeff Christiansen is a Chief Investigator on the grant along with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle and the University of Western Sydney.

Intersect will provide technological assistance. A/Prof Catchpoole said, “This is a tremendous achievement and is the product of 12 years of project development”.

The grant will investigate personalised treatment through interpretation of complex biomedical data to improve the health of children with rare diseases, in particular rare childhood cancers (such as childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), neuroblastoma and rhabdomyoscarcoma). Clinicians will be able to visually interpret complex biological data; using a virtual workflow to compare existing and previous patients’ gene expression data and gene variations, as well as clinical and imaging data.

This approach goes beyond the current approaches of grouping patients into risk categories and treating them based on similar symptoms, to providing clinicians with the ability to see each patient as an individual within a group - to assess how best to treat a patient in the clinic. 

The award comes as a grant of $60,000 in the first stage and a second stage of $150,000.

The project will use the recently opened Data Arena at UTS as an immersive visualisation environment to explore the complex data.

See the Media release and project video


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Clinical data disclosure - the five Ps
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Australian Academy of the Humanities 46th Annual Symposium
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