US-based Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC) and the
New Delhi-based Centre for Development of Knowledge and
Awareness (CEDKA) have announced an alliance under the
research consortium Joint Indo-American Bioinformatics
mutual application of expertise and skills by the two
organisations will be augmented by joint research, training
and other programmes in the field of multidisciplinary
joint research will be done by involving leading scientists
and researchers from both countries. Both the organisations
will become the nodal agencies for maintaining joint research
data that can be used for multifarious applications.
and its collaborators will initiate a series of projects
to establish communication, joint project infrastructure,
and cross-programme training between the faculty, students
and their collaborators in India and America. This effort
will further support joint bioinformatics research and
intellectual transfer between the centres and their collaborators.
joint research will leverage the expertise of both countries.
It will also create new technologies and developments.
It will compliment the expertise on basic and applied
research. The four projects announced at the launch include:
A: Protein Sequence and Structure analysis
B: Data mining for biomedical research
C: Disease-Oriented research
D: Indian Bioinformatics database development
CEDKA director Dr Mahesh Dutt: In the age of globalisation,
when the whole world has become a kind of small village,
the significance of information sharing cannot be underestimated.
JIABA is our tool to achieve this very goal of sharing
information as a global player.
offers Indians as well as their American counterpart scientists
a symbiotic association in the field of bioinformatics.
The outcome of this alliance would go a long way to benefit
pharma and IT companies, researchers, and graduates who
wish to make a career in bioinformatics.
BRC director Dr Peter Tonellato: Bioinformatics
has become the facilitating discipline to bridge the scientific
investigations of the complexity of disease genetics with
computer technology and mathematical theory. Our future
and health will depend on the extend of our success in
the next few years to efficiently apply the rapidly emerging
breakthroughs in computer hardware and science to the
biomedical health research fields.
technology with high-throughput data collection and the
forthcoming discovery paradigm will provide the basis
of the new hypothesis-driven discovery research that will
lead to breakthroughs in clinical applications of genome
discoveries. We are very interested in exploring the possibility
of a joint alliance with Indian scientists to further
the goals of this proposed new alliance.
Argonne National Laboratory head (bioinformatics group)
Dr Natalia Maltsev: I am very enthusiastic about
formation of JIABA. I believe that it will facilitate
useful scientific collaborations between the scientists
in both countries. Open dialogue and exchange of ideas
between the researchers with different educational and
cultural backgrounds are vital for the scientific progress,
especially in such dynamic field as bioinformatics.
is famous around the world for the high quality of its
education and creative cultural roots. During my scientific
career Ive met a lot of talented Indian scientists
currently working in the US. Formation of JIABA will allow
to interact and collaborate with the Indian scientists
working in India. I am looking forward to it.
Zoran Obradovic, professor and director, Center for Information
Science and Technology, Temple University, USA: The
proposed collaboration is well planned and I hope that
its projects will demonstrate clear benefits of such a
research experience to all participants in both India
as well as in the US. I wish it all the best and look
forward to its smooth implementation in both countries.
is a public trust that works towards enhancing knowledge,
awareness and research of the advanced technologies in
the fields of bioinformatics, genomics and molecular biology,
among others. It works for various sections of society,
including professionals, scientists, students and the
general public. The board of advisors of the organisation
includes members from Washington State University, Institute
of Genome Research, Indian Institute of Science, University
of Newcastle, ETH Zurich, and others.
organisation has an active support of national and international
government agencies, leading educational institutions,
scientists and research organisations. The activities
by the organisation include visits by national and international
personalities from various fields, seminars, lectures,
shows, conferences and training.
is an internationally recognised bioinformatics research
centre providing expertise in computational methods, algorithm
development and mathematical modelling of complex biological
genetic mechanisms and data. Applications created at BRC
are allowing scientists to perform advanced virtual
experiments not possible in the wet-lab. The scientists
from all over the world use the cutting-edge tools developed
at BRC to delve into the new fields being created by the
provides a wide spectrum of educational and training programmes
in bioinformatics and participates in the masters
programme in bioinformatics offered by Marquette University.
It hosts the Rat Genome Database (),
a model organism database integrating rat genetic and
also see : www.rgd.mcw.edu