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Making big data deliver

Researchers at the world-famous Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne recently had a medical conundrum that couldn’t be solved in a test tube or at a lab bench. They wanted to know why there were an increasing number of patients – about a third of them women – being diagnosed with certain types of lung cancer when none of them had smoked and their families had no history of cancer. And why were they showing up in clusters in different parts of Victoria? To find the answer, these specialists turned to scientists offering innovations in capturing, analysing and visualising diverse data sets through so-called big data analytics.

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Improving how complex diseases are treated

Genomics is generating new insights into the genetic causes of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and congenital disorders, and promises to transform healthcare. In Australia, a specialized high-performance network has been deployed for the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, the largest genome sequencing centre in the southern hemisphere, helping to close the gap between research and the clinic.

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DUMBO to the rescue – deploying ICT for emergency medical care in post earthquake Nepal

On the 12th of April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, including its capital Kathmandu, demolishing half a million buildings, killing 8.800 and injuring over 16.000 people. The research and education network of Nepal, NREN, participated in the relief work by setting up emergency wireless networks at a number of hospitals treating earthquake victims.

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Working hard to extend the reach of the Internet

Working hard to extend the reach of the Internet

Meet the Network Startup Resource Center, NSRC, collaborating with emerging research and education networks across the globe to extend the reach of the Internet.

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International DNA database drives genetics research

Genetics researchers around the globe have access to a comprehensive record of all sequenced DNA, thanks to an international effort to share massive amounts of information between databases in Japan, the United States, and Europe.

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Raising the yield potential of wheat to feed the world

“With the world’s population estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, making staple foods – wheat, grains and rice – higher yielding, more resilient to climate variability and also more nutritious is vital. We can’t delay. Collaboration on a global scale is needed to have those three producing the bulk of the food in the world, or there’ll be problems,” said researcher Professor Barry Pogson.

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Sharing knowledge to strengthen emerging networks

Helina Emeru is chief technology officer of Ethiopian research and education network EthERnet. In October 2016, together with 9 colleagues from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ghana, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Zambia, she travelled all the way to Helsinki, Finland, to attend the NORDUnet conference as part of a new Knowledge Exchange Fellowship program.

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Working towards a greener China with Wuhan University

Working towards a greener China with Wuhan University

REANNZ, Unitec, NIWA and Wuhan University are working collaboratively to address the concerning issue of air pollution, via an innovative three-year project that incorporates high-end environmental science, and cutting-edge Internet technology.

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Improving IT services for uni students in Samoa

40 switches and a server were recently taken into service at the National University of Samoa, expanding and strengthening the university’s ICT network considerably. The equipment has been funded and supported by the Network Startup Resource Centre.

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Keeping the medical data in Japan’s university hospitals safe in case of disaster

The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 caused significant damage to local hospitals in the disaster area, destroying medical information systems in the hospitals and losing patients’ important medical records. The losses prompted Japan’s university hospitals to jointly construct a new backup system that keeps their medical backup data in remotely located areas.

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Indian researchers fighting drug-resistant epilepsy

Computational neuroscience is gathering momentum in India, empowered by the Indian National Knowledge Network, connecting researchers and databases across the country. One of the promising initiatives is the Centre for Excellence in Epilepsy, investigating the complex changes associated with the development of drug-resistant epilepsy.

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Asian connectivity growing stronger

Asian connectivity growing stronger

Regions all over the world establish new, dedicated connectivity for research and education, including Asia, where Bhutan and Cambodia now plug into the networks, choosing video conferencing and e-learning to drive local commitment and development.