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  • Blog Post: New hope for people living with paralysis

    When we released the Lab of Things a year ago, we knew that it would benefit researchers experimenting with connected devices in various domains. It has been very gratifying to see how the Lab of Things has helped to accelerate research on helping people with disabilities to live more independent lives...
  • Blog Post: Cancer research benefits from NodeXL network graph analysis

    A diagnosis of cancer can be particularly foreboding for any patient. However, new treatments become possible as we learn more about the disease, and the application of research techniques more commonly found in the social sciences are now providing new insights. Although medical investigators have been...
  • Blog Post: Interactive genomics: querying genomes across the cloud

    Big data: you can hardly pick up a newspaper without reading about some new scientific or business acumen derived from mining some heretofore-untouched volumes of digital information. Well, I’m happy to say that genome sequence data—which certainly qualifies as big, both in volume and velocity—is...
  • Blog Post: Remedying the search for reliable drug info

    Healthcare providers increasingly appreciate the value of patients having access to accurate and understandable information about their health and treatments. This is why Microsoft Research’s Dan Morris and a team of researchers at Columbia University, led by Professor Lauren Wilcox, have been...
  • Blog Post: eScience Takes the Stage at Latin American Workshop

    Big Data: these words are on the lips of researchers everywhere these days. But it’s more than a catch phrase—it’s a reality in the burgeoning world of eScience, as investigators strive to make sense of the seemingly endless flow of new information. Nowhere is the push to understand...
  • Blog Post: Predicting the Effects of Changes on Living Systems

    Can scientists predict what happens when they introduce a change into a living system—for example, if they change the structure of a gene or administer a drug? Just as changing one letter can completely change the meaning of a word, the change of a single letter of the genetic code (referred to...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Unlocks Drug Discovery

    Antibiotics, antivirals, NSAIDs—the list of modern “wonder drugs” goes on and on. And yet many diseases remain resistant to drug therapy, and in other instances, the side effects of drug treatment are as bad as or worse than the disorder. Why, the public wonders, aren’t more new...
  • Blog Post: Supercomputing on Demand with Windows Azure

    Think about supercomputers of the recent past. Just 15 years ago, supercomputers were rare and exotic machines. Government laboratories in the United States and Japan spent hundreds of millions of dollars on custom computing rigs and specialized facilities to house them, in a bid to tackle the world’s...
  • 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: 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: Greetings from Brazil: Microsoft Research and FAPESP Open 2010 Latin American Faculty Summit

    Impactful research and discovery enhances the quality of life across our planet. That’s one of the reasons I am honored to chair Microsoft Research’s sixth annual Latin American Faculty Summit in Guaruj á , Brazil. The summit is a great example of Microsoft Research’s commitment...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s External Research Symposium: Where Diversity Accelerates Discovery

    At the heart of all great research there are two key components: learning and collaboration. Last month, at Microsoft’s External Research Symposium , there was an abundance of each. In addition to being an incredibly interesting two days, the symposium plays a significant role in our mission to...
  • Blog Post: A Smart Duo: Fetal Monitors and Mobile Technology

    At the heart of the thousands of debates and discussions regarding healthcare is the age-old and industry-agnostic issue of supply and demand. On one side of the equation there are hospitals, healthcare practitioners, equipment, research and many other factors. On the other side there are billions of...
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