Jun 27, 2010

Open Source in Medical Imaging and Collaboration.

iPath is providing an free and open platform for "case based collaboration", especially designed for medical applications (telemedicine, etc). The iPath-Server package provides a sort of medical BBS to discuss/consult cases online. Additional modules may be added.

I have been using their free web-based service for the past few years and found it very flexible and usable. It is also quite popular amongst many pathologists i know, who use the iPath server to collaborate on difficult Cytology/Histopathology cases. 


Jun 17, 2010

Mapping Asthma - GPS in Clinical and Preventive Medicine

Came across this wonderful use of Global Positioning System in medicine. 

The Spiroscout inhaler tracker on Asthmapolis.

By tracking the use of inhalers, Asthmapolis aims to help patients and physicians improve management of asthma and provide a valuable new source of aggregated, anonymous and voluntarily shared data for scientists and public health.

The tracker can simply be attached to the top of the inhaler . It records the times and locations when the inhaler is used and this data can be viewed in real time over handheld devices like phones to create a complete clinical diary of events.This lets you map and track your asthma.

Besides, Physicians who remotely monitor asthma symptoms and the use of medications by their patients can identify those in need of additional attention, and help them achieve better asthma control.  This would also provide very valuable real time data on trends in Asthma attacks amongst various populations and in specific geographical areas.

You can find them on Facebook  and also follow their efforts on Twitter.

Jun 11, 2010

Online Collaboration in Proteomic Research

Antigen-Antibody reactions are the basis of many physiochemical experiments. The primary step in producing antibodies is identifying a potential epitope. Epitopes are distinctive markers that protrude from the surface of an antigen, and that alert the immune system to the antigen's presence. Finding suitable epitopes is a tough task and many months may be wasted searching for the elusive target .Researchers at Germany’s Heidelberg University have now set up an open access web portal to aid proteomic research through the exploration of epitopes. This portal lets you conduct a 'virtual experiment' to find out how many antibodies you need and against which targets.

EpiC (The Epitope Choice Resource) aims to provide physio chemical predictions of antigenicity together with functional annotation in order to provide the user with adequate information in order to make a decision about the best location of an epitope for an antibody based experiment. The project connects to a wide range of servers throughout Europe and was funded by the EU Framework 6 networking action ProteomeBinders.


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