Monday, December 31, 2007


Racing barefooted after kicking off her flip-flops, Cyndie French pushes her son Derek Madsen, 10, up and down hallways in the UC Davis Medical Center, successfully distracting him during the dreaded wait before his bone marrow extraction. Doctors want to determine whether he is eligible for a blood stem cell transplant, his best hope for beating neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer.

Click on the photograph above and keep clicking on the photographs.
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Audio: Cyndie French reflects on the life of her son

Thursday, December 27, 2007

More than numbers

IBM world community grid squeezes decades of cancer research into 2 years

Canadian researchers expect to accelerate the war on cancer by tapping into a global network of hundreds of thousands of people who volunteer their idle computer time to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems.

The research team, led by Dr. Igor Jurisica at the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI), and scientists at Princess Margaret Hospital and University Health Network, are the first from Canada to use the World Community Grid, a network of PCs and laptops with the power equivalent to one of the globe’s top five fastest supercomputers.

The team will use World Community Grid to analyze the results of experiments on proteins using data collected by scientists at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, New York. This analysis would take conventional computer systems 162 years to complete. However, using World Community Grid, Dr. Jurisica anticipates the analysis could be finished in one to two years, and will provide researchers with a better way to study how proteins function, insight that could lead to the development of more effective cancer-fighting drugs.

“We know that most cancers are caused by defective proteins in our bodies, but we need to better understand the specific function of those proteins and how they interact in the body,” said Dr. Jurisica. “We also have to find proteins that will enable us to diagnose cancer earlier, before symptoms appear, to have the best chance of treating the disease -- or potentially stopping it completely.”

The research team now has more than 86 million images of 9,400 unique proteins that could be linked to cancer, captured in the course of more than 14.5 million experiments by colleagues at Hauptman-Woodward.

This comprises the most comprehensive database on the chemistry of a large number of proteins, a resource that will help researchers around the world unlock the mystery of how many cancers, such as breast, prostate or childhood leukemia, grow.

Approximately 150,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 70,000 will die of the disease in 2007 alone.

Individuals can donate their computers for this project by registering on http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org , and installing a free, secure, small software program on their computers. The computer requests data from World Community Grid’s server when it is idle, for example a user is at lunch, and performs the cancer-related protein computations. A screen saver will tell individuals when their computers are being used.

World Community Grid, the largest public humanitarian grid with more than 333,000-plus members and links to more than 780,000 computers. However, it’s estimated that there are one billion computers worldwide, underscoring the potential for the grid and its computational power to significantly expand. Eight projects have been run on World Community Grid to date, including protein folding and FightAIDS@Home, which completed five years of HIV/AIDS research in just six months. Additional projects are in the pipeline.

News article from Physorg.com

If you have a computer and an internet connection then you have an opportunity to be a part of a global community that is working together to do what they can to help solve various health and environmental concerns. There is no reason not to join and every reason to join. To join takes just five minutes, and it is the only active action that will ever be required. Once one has completed the joining process which involves downloading a very small, wholly safe piece of software, no other action is required. Except that is to join us at Team Bravo, where we would be very happy to welcome you. To join us takes just one click of the mouse. Please join us today and help us to help us.
Step one: Join the WCG
Step two: Join Team Bravo
Although a mere 10 days have passed since the last Bravo post, Team Bravo has returned another 612 results. Personal milestones were plenty as always, some that ended on a zero included;
We also had the very great pleasure of filling spot #40

CJG aka Christopher joined us on Christmas day and has already returned 6 results!
It is a great pleasure to have you with us, Christopher, thank you for joining.



Team Bravo Stats
Member NamePoints GeneratedResults Returned
tgeorge1
1,063,0094,229
ThunderBob
578,4092,041
ariadneK507,4681,170
justin-thyme379,969985
karen6977231,942690
digitaldoom
220,658943
AutumnStorm219,865753
SaintlyNate175,418722
Sherry G
108,777261
TotalChaos
98,525438
Karen Mason
92,457345
courtney4279,201247
ebzepsentme55,469181
JamieB
45,068176
Sweet Jaine/
SweetJane
}40,665}125
Consise10/
concise10
}40,617}103
ebezp
30,81873
tilde1d
18,14643
womble 1
8,81421
LovingAnnie8,62016
JOSIEW8,55158
djwilko1
4,50413
CJG
1,871
6
redaster,
Bavani Naidu,

cheekyfaces &
justawriter
}2,956}12

Which if one adds them all together means not only that Team Bravo has returned 13,605 results, but that we have two major reasons to celebrate, namely.....

Congratulations and Thank you team mates!

Looking forward to continuing the partnership through 2008
who knows what good those results will bring
Happy New Year, xo

All welcome to join!

Monday, December 17, 2007

The time has come

where we can celebrate our first individual member reaching...

Woohoo!

Congratulations
to tgeorge1 aka Trée aka the captain and creator of Team Bravo and as such whom without there would be no Team Total of results. And so the thanks extend to introducing the rest of us to The World Community Grid. :-) Lead on, captain.

For those who do not know, to those who do bear with me as I repeat certain facts, Team Bravo is one of over 18,000 teams (comprising almost 850,000 computers) that are linked to the grid by a very small agent freely available to download from their website. It is completely safe and does not interfere with one's use of one's computer. To register, download and install takes less than 5 minutes and to join Team Bravo, just a couple of seconds more. In so doing, you will be part of a community working together to assist in research towards finding medicines and cures for a range of diseases including Cancer, Hepatitis C and AIDS. Worthy causes all and such an easy thing to do. All it requires is that one time contribution of 5 minutes of time. No other effort is needed, nothing. The device works in the background when the computer is idle, using spare CPUs to work on data that it automatically downloads from the WCG and then sends it back when completed. Joining the WCG and Team Bravo has to be the easiest way ever to make a contribution. Every result counts, join us today and help us return more. All are welcome, all that is needed is a computer and an internet connection.

While Trée's amazing achievement is the reason for a Bravo post today, as always, the team has been returning results at an impressive rate and knowing how important each one of those is, that for each one it brings us a step closer to finding what we search for, it truly warms the heart to see.

Team Bravo Stats
Member NamePoints GeneratedResults Returned
tgeorge1
1,003,7554,028
ThunderBob
537,0271,916
ariadneK
482,4591,128
justin-thyme348,915898
digitaldoom
220,658943
karen6977
219,817656
AutumnStorm
211,529728
SaintlyNate
168,060686
Sherry G
103,655249
TotalChaos
97,295436
Karen Mason
89,851332
courtney42
78,216243
ebzepsentme
54,676179
JamieB
45,068176
Sweet Jaine/
SweetJane
}39,622}118
Consise10/
concise10
38,88998
ebezp
27,48866
tilde1d
18,14643
womble 1
8,81421
LovingAnnie
8,09015
JOSIEW
7,19852
djwilko1
3,61411
redaster,
Bavani Naidu,

cheekyfaces &
justawriter
}2,956}12
TEAM TOTAL
3,802,62812,993


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Take the link & Leave a message for Phillippa

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Would you?

Q. If you had the technology to help cure AIDS or Cancer or Muscular Dystrophy, would you use it?

If you have a computer and an internet connection then you do have that technology and can participate in finding cures for the above and other diseases/problems that effect humanity. Furthermore, you could be doing so within 5 short minutes.

To learn more, visit The World Community Grid here.
To join the WCG, go here.
To join our team (after joining the WCG), go here.
Please join us today, all are welcome!

Team members,
as per usual, you guys have been crunching away and steadily returning result after result! Although I post these statistics updates quite often, the increase each time is significant. We are now in the top 800 teams in regards to points, no mean feat at all considering our young age and the fact that there are almost 18,000 teams currently registered. This achievement is due to each and every one of you. Thank you!

There are however a couple of members who have been especially notable this week;

Our newest member Annie is already showing that she means to do some serious crunching by starting to move up the scoreboard!

Karen(karen6977) burst through the 200,000 mark!

Justin, one of our quickest climbers, now has points in excess of 300,000!

Trée is well on his way to a seven figure point score!

Over 1 year of runtime has been donated by (Thunder)Bob!

DJB(TotalChaos) and Sherry are both about to hit the grand total of 100,000 points!


Here's everyone...
Team Bravo Stats
Member NamePoints GeneratedResults Returned
tgeorge1
916,8803,717
ThunderBob
473,6961,745
arianeK
424,3811,038
justin-thyme
303,504762
digitaldoom
220,658943
karen6977
201,994601
AutumnStorm
194,519686
SaintlyNate
158,348647
Sherry G
98,911236
TotalChaos
97,295436
Karen Mason
84,587313
courtney42
72,956224
JamieB
45,068176
ebzepsentme
43,750146
Consise10/
concise10

35,55288
Sweet Jaine/
SweetJane
}32,702}92
ebezp
25,50560
tilde1d
18,14643
womble 1
8,81421
JOSIEW
4,70536
LovingAnnie
3,7517
djwilko1,
redaster,
Bavani Naidu,

cheekyfaces &
justawriter
}5,198}17
TEAM TOTAL
3,470,92012,034