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  • Blog Post: HLA-C: An Underappreciated Force in HIV Control

    Although medical science has made great progress in managing HIV infection through modern drugs, 1.7 million people die of AIDS each year, with a disproportionate number of deaths in developing countries. Even access to life saving drugs cannot cure the disease: patients require lifelong drug maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Computerworld Honors Microsoft Research for Breakthroughs in Pneumonia and HIV

    Today is a proud day for Microsoft Research Connections and our academic collaborators, as two of our research efforts have been named 2013 IDG's Computerworld Honors Program Laureates . The Computerworld Honors program, founded in 1988, recognizes organizations and individuals who have used information...
  • Blog Post: A Time(line) for Reflection

    AIDS. Like many people, I was aware of the disease but had only a basic understanding of the history and impact of the AIDS pandemic. That all changed for me, thanks to my involvement in the AIDS Quilt Project . My name is Madison Allen, and I’m a recent graduate of the University of California...
  • Blog Post: A Quilt, a Map, and a Few Good Apps

    As I was preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., for the 2012 exhibition of the AIDS Quilt and the International AIDS Conference, it occurred to me that this journey began a little less than a year ago, in nearly the same spot. I first learned about the AIDS Quilt project from Brett Bobley , CIO of...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday, Microsoft Research…Now Blow out the Candles and Back to the Lab

    Twenty years; two decades; a fifth of a century—we can phrase it several ways, but what does it mean? To a person, it’s the onset of adulthood (or maybe the point marking only 10 more years of living in Mom and Dad’s basement); to a dog, it’s senescence. But to us at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Arming the Immune System Against HIV

    In the now decades-long battle against HIV and AIDS, researchers have been stymied by the virus’s ability to evade attacks by our immune system. Normally, a cell that is infected by a pathogen displays on its surface characteristic pieces of the pathogen peptides, known as epitopes, which are...
  • Blog Post: Bioinformatics Tools Promote Life-Saving Research

    On November 30, I appeared on Health Tech Today , where I chatted with Dr. Bill Crounse about the Microsoft Biology Foundation and how it will help scientists advance their research. This interview marks yet another opportunity for Microsoft External Research to spread the word about our open-source...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Talks about mHealth

    I'm here in Washington, DC, at the second annual mHealth Summit, where I gave a talk and conducted a keynote interview with Bill Gates. During a wide-ranging discussion, Bill stressed that improved health is the key to controlling many of the world's most challenging problems. In keeping with the mHealth...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Researchers Present New Statistical Method for Genetic Analysis

    A deeper understanding of a disease's genetic underpinnings can lead to better biological insight into the disease and, thus, to improvements in screening, treatment, and drug development. This week, Jennifer Listgarten , David Heckerman , and Carl Kadie of Microsoft Research and Eric E. Schadt of Pacific...
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