The 2016 Australian roadmap for research infrastructure

Led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, the Australian Government is establishing a National Research Infrastructure Roadmap that will guide future priorities for strategic investments over the next decade in key national research infrastructure capabilities. A recent Issues Paper highlighted important aspects being considered for the national research infrastructure which is described as assets, facilities and services to support research that drives leading-edge innovation in Australia and that is equally accessible to publicly and privately funded users nationally and internationally.

A Preferred Path Forward for Regulating Research Using De-Identified Data and Biospecimens

The tension between private rights and the public good is apparent in many recent public policy debates. With today’s polarized politics, policy discussions are increasingly challenging.  Thankfully, there is a path forward for the use of de-identified data and biospecimens that both protects the individual and achieves the public good.

Research Informatics in Germany

With only very few natural resources and high wage costs, R & D is the key factor for the wealth and competitiveness of Germany. Here, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries are belonging to the top high-tech areas with a significant economic value.

How the Internet of Things will confound the future of data regulation

The hype about the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) has reached a fever pitch lately. While reality trails behind the hype for many industries and use cases, there is little disagreement that five years from now the amount of stored cyber-physical data – the type of data obtained from physical-world sensors – will extend exponentially across boundaries we don’t think about today.

The Cloud in China

Externalization has driven global integration applications that bring together multiple CRO and academic partners. Traditional technologies often fail in the complex security and high-latency networks required by these applications. The cloud would seem to be an ideal solution, but will it work in China?

The Truth About Ontologies

Being an ontologist can be challenging at times. For starters, you have to try and explain to most people what an ontologist is. Typically, it's not one of the 'profession' options when completing online applications. Then there are the ontologies themselves. The truth is that working out which ontologies are reliable and unreliable, even having worked with them for years, can be difficult and it's often more art than science. For those new to the area this challenge can be overwhelming.

Genomic Diagnostics for Precision Medicine in India: Current and Future Prospects

Delivering precision medicine through healthcare systems in the highly populated countries of Asia can pose great challenges. India in particular has a complex healthcare system involving public and private players, inadequate regulatory frameworks, and restrictions on the transfer of biological samples for use in overseas research studies. This article takes a glimpse at current systems, challenges and future prospects for rolling out precision medicine in India.