An important challenge in medicine and human genetics is to locate disease affecting genes and gene variants, to be able to study diseases, screen for high-risk individuals, and ultimately to help prevent or cure diseases. In spite of intense research there are still many unsolved problems such as understanding the underlying biology of common diseases, how best to address important disease questions with statistics and how to provide efficient computational methods to analysis large-scale data sets.
At BiRC we are involved in different projects, collaborating with local groups at the university and with groups outside the university. For example, we are involved in the development of computational and statistical methods and computer tools for locating disease genes, and for inferring genomic and epigenomic changes in cancer. The amount of data and the complexity of the problems make computer and statistical tools essential for successful studies. With the recent improvements in technologies that now allow simultaneous determination of many thousands (even hundreds of thousands) markers, the analysis of data is becoming the bottleneck of studies, and hence it is increasingly important to develop better and faster analysis methods.
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