PsyGrid: Applying e-Science to Epidemiology

John Ainsworth, Robert Harper, Ismael Juma, Iain Buchan

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    The process of hypothesis-driven epidemiological research has three phases - the establishment and characterisation of a large, representative cohort from a geographically distributed population; the integration of the cohort data with other data sources to provide additional characterisation; the formulation of a hypothesis and generation of the corresponding predictions. Grid-computing technologies make possible secure, distributed collaboration, and the ability to share data sources, computational resources and storage resources across administrative boundaries. PsyGrid is an e-science project established to apply grid-computing technologies to each of the three phases, with the aim of eliminating the obstacles that hinder epidemiological research. We describe a system for distributed cohort characterisation, and the first application to the study of first episode psychosis
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems|Proc. IEEE Symp. Comput.-Based Med. Syst.
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)0769525172, 9780769525174
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event19th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2006 - Salt Lake City, UT
    Duration: 1 Jul 2006 → …


    Conference19th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2006
    CitySalt Lake City, UT
    Period1/07/06 → …


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