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CITRIS Awards Seed Grants to 11 Projects Using Information Technology in the Service of Society

3/31/14

Evidence of CITRIS’s vibrant research across our four campuses may be seen in the recent announcement of the latest round of projects awarded CITRIS seed funding. The projects are all multi-campus and multi-disciplinary, reflecting our commitment to transcend both institutional and academic boundaries. Of the 44 proposals submitted, eleven will receive funding, with three projects focusing on health care.

We look forward to the discoveries and developments that will arise as a result of this round of funding. More about the seed funding process is at http://citris-uc.org/about/funding/faq.

Health Care Seed Grants:

  • Bedside to the Cloud and Back: Real-Time Data Analytics from Critical Care Instrumentation. Nicholas Anderson, UC Davis; Jason Adams, UC Davis Medical Center; and Brian Barsky, UC Berkeley. This project will develop a system-based workflow to securely acquire wireless data from mechanical ventilators in critical care environments, and leverage scalable web-based analytic platforms to advance data analytics and visualization of issues surrounding patients with respiratory failure. This project may lead to generalizable data analytic frameworks for high-volume instrumentation patient data.

  • Optofluidic Platform for Single Cell Genomics. Ming Wu, UC Berkeley and Nader Pourmand, UC Santa Cruz. A major barrier to successful cancer treatment is the recurrence of cancer cells with acquired resistance to chemotherapy. Recent work by this group has used single-cell sequencing to identify gene expression at the single-cell level in an insightful drug-tolerance experiment. This project will bring together the gene research with that of novel optoelectronic tweezers that can sort and isolate single cells in a massive parallel manner to develop an optofluidic platform for high throughput analysis.

  • Non-invasive Multi-sensor to Predict Worsening Heart Failure. Matthew Guthaus, UC Santa Cruz; Kathleen Tong, UC Davis Medical Center; and Liviu Klein, UCSF Medical Center. This project will study a low-cost bio-sensing system to non-invasively predict heart failure in a home setting. The device will be able to measure physiological signals and characterize heart health. This sensor could allow for a more rapid treatment protocol and potentially decrease the need for hospital admissions for heart failure.

The 8 other seed grants summaries can be found on the CITRIS Seed Grant Announcement: http://citris-uc.org/seed-funded-projects-2014/

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