Worried about her high fever and severe abdominal pain, a young couple rushed their baby daughter to the emergency department of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Physicians there found a lump in her belly, and, after examining X-rays and blood work, confirmed the parents’ worst fear: their 18-month-old little girl had neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that involves the adrenal glands.
Another activity between OSC and The Research Institute is focused on implementing a regional digital repository for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). This effort has already been partially funded by COG to place equipment at OSC with the hopes of receiving NIH funding to build its capabilities to house more data. In addition to COG, the Gynecological Oncology Group (GOG) and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) are also using these services.
These partnerships build off of national collaborations begun in 2005 between The Research Institute and OSC, including the Virtual Microscopy to Microarray, or VM2M program, which allows multiple pathologists to quickly, simultaneously and securely review, via the Internet, digitally formatted, diagnostic-quality microscopy scans of diseased tissue with the corresponding molecular expression data. OSC provided a secure repository and hosted the development platform during the project’s first phase, which allowed the group to prototype the research project’s concept.
Upcoming presentation offered to medical community
In order to thoroughly orient researchers and medical professionals to the new computing environment, OSC is offering a presentation titled "Ohio Supercomputer Center: Software Support for Remote Instrumentation Services." The presentation, by David Hudak, program director of HPC Engineering at OSC, will be given from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 25, in Room WA1020 at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Following the presentation, Kevin Wohlever, director of supercomputer operations at OSC, will be available for walk-in consultations from 2-3:30 p.m., in room W421, in addition to his biweekly office hours at The Research Institute to consult with pediatric medical researchers.
By having OSC offer these services to Nationwide Children’s and oncology departments at other research hospitals, "The benefits realized could be significant," Billiter said.
Source: Ohio Supercomputer Center