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$1.2M Challenge Seeking More Accurate Mammograms

A new challenge is seeking better computer models that interpret mammograms with fewer erroneous results, resulting in fewer unneeded medical tests. . . . → Read More: $1.2M Challenge Seeking More Accurate Mammograms

Stem Cells Banked for Bipolar Disorder Research

Stem cells from people with bipolar disorder are being collected by an academic-industry partnership for scientists worldwide who study the disorder. . . . → Read More: Stem Cells Banked for Bipolar Disorder Research

$1 Million Challenge Seeks Child Health Solutions

A new challenge seeks technologies and solutions to reduce child mortality and improve the health of children in low-resource regions of the world. . . . → Read More: $1 Million Challenge Seeks Child Health Solutions

Portable Genome Device to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Leopard skin seized in wildlife trafficking raid in Ethiopia (USAID)

12 May 2016. A handheld device for analyzing DNA can be used on the scene to identify products with endangered wildlife, to help stop poachers and smugglers of those species. A team from University of Leicester in the U.K. that devised this solution is . . . → Read More: Portable Genome Device to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Challenge Seeks New Regenerative Tools with Stem Cells

Induced pluripotent stem cells reprogrammed from human skin (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine)

29 April 2016. A challenge offered through InnoCentive is seeking new methods of harnessing adult stem cells for regenerative medicine. The competition has a total purse of $15,000 and a 24 June 2016 deadline for submissions. The sponsor of the challenge, . . . → Read More: Challenge Seeks New Regenerative Tools with Stem Cells

Challenge Seeks Diabetic Kidney Disease Treatments

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15 April 2016. A challenge on InnoCentive is asking for new techniques to deliver drugs to specialized kidney cells in patients with kidney damage caused by diabetes. The competition has a total purse of $20,000 and a deadline of 13 May 2016 for submissions. The sponsor of the challenge, pharmaceutical company Boehringer . . . → Read More: Challenge Seeks Diabetic Kidney Disease Treatments

$500K Challenge Seeks Mood Research Ideas with iPhone

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Update, 20 July 2016. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsoring the Mood Challenge announced the competition’s 5 semi-finalists:

– Aware Study, to measure mood and posttraumatic stress symptoms among the millions of adults living with PTSD.

– BiAffect, a system for understanding mood and neurocognitive functioning in bipolar disorder using keystroke dynamics, . . . → Read More: $500K Challenge Seeks Mood Research Ideas with iPhone

Foundation Supporting ALS Progression Model Study

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31 March 2016. A study to validate computer models that predict progression and survival of patients with ALS is underway by a bioinformatics company and biopharmaceutical developer. The 3-year project is funded by a grant of nearly $500,000 from ALS Association in Washington, D.C.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known . . . → Read More: Foundation Supporting ALS Progression Model Study

Crowdsourcing Yields Heart Disease Algorithm

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30 March 2016. Two financial analysts are the winners of a data science competition to write an algorithm that quickly analyzes MRI images of a person’s heart suspected of cardiac disease. The winning algorithm, by Qi Liu and Tencia Lee, was submitted in the second Data Science Bowl, put on by consulting company . . . → Read More: Crowdsourcing Yields Heart Disease Algorithm

$100K Challenge Seeks Reinvented Clinical Trials

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28 January 2016. A challenge at Harvard Business School seeks proposals for better ways of conducting clinical trials that bring to market faster new precision diagnostics and therapies. The competition has a total prize purse of $100,000 and an initial deadline of 13 March 2016.

Precision medicine is the term given to . . . → Read More: $100K Challenge Seeks Reinvented Clinical Trials