Article: Houston researchers tap into tech to provide new brain-related health care solutions

Cures, Drugs, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Houston researchers tap into tech to provide new brain-related health care solutions

A University of Houston researcher is tapping into technology to better treat brain injuries and conditions that scientists have not yet figured out treatment for. Badri Roysam, the current chair of electrical and computer engineering at UH and a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor, and his team have created a new computational image analysis methods based on deep neural networks.

“We are interested in mapping and profiling unhealthy and drug-treated brain tissue in unprecedented detail to reveal multiple biological processes at once – in context,” Roysam says in a UH press release about his latest paper published in Nature Communications. “This requires the ability to record high-resolution images of brain tissue covering a comprehensive panel of molecular biomarkers, over a large spatial extent, e.g., whole-brain slices, and automated ability to generate quantitative readouts of biomarker expression for all cells.”

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Article: Government’s prioritisation of open source & cloud is paying off

Open Governance, Open Source, Standards

Government’s prioritisation of open source & cloud is paying off

Aadhaar and UPI are acknowledged to be path-breaking technolological successes and both have emerged from governmental institutions.But those are only the more well-known public projects.

The government has been at the centre of building a variety of scalable infrastructure using open source technologies. The Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app turned one on April 2, and it has already seen 17.5 crore downloads.

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Article: Open-Source Toolkit Developed on University of Houston Supercomputer Accelerates Drug Development

Drugs, Open Health, Open Software, Open Source

Open-Source Toolkit Developed on University of Houston Supercomputer Accelerates Drug Development

Though 40 million concussions are recorded annually, no effective treatment exists for them or for many other brain-related illnesses. In collaboration with Dragan Maric of the National Institutes of Health, Badri Roysam, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team are working to speed up drug development to treat brain diseases and injuries like concussion by developing new tools. 

We are interested in mapping and profiling unhealthy and drug-treated brain tissue in unprecedented detail to reveal multiple biological processes at once – in context,”

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Article: Financial API provider Brick is building the infrastructure for open banking in Southeast Asia

API, Money, Open Governance, Open Infrastructure

Financial API provider Brick is building the infrastructure for open banking in Southeast Asia

The adoption of financial apps is surging in Southeast Asian markets like Indonesia, the region’s most populous country. Founded by fintech veterans last year, Brick develops APIs that make it easier for tech companies to add identity verification and access financial data from their users. It is currently partnered with Indonesia’s seven largest banks, covering more than 90% of the country’s bank accounts, and plans to expand into all Southeast Asia countries.

More than three-fourths of Southeast Asia’s population is unbanked or underbanked, meaning they don’t have a bank account or access to traditional lending services. Brick will serve them as well, with products like mobile wallet and telcos APIs that are currently in beta and slated for launch next quarter.

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