UC San Diego Researchers Receive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

November 1, 2022

Nov. 1, 2022 — UC San Diego Anthropology Professor and Co-director of the UC San Diego Indigenous Futures Institute Keolu Fox has teamed with San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Affiliate and Professor Timothy Mackey to collaborate with the Cheyenne River Sioux’s Native BioData Consortium, the first ever Native-controlled and housed biorepository within a Native nation, to build a proof-of-concept (POC) Indigenous Data Service (IDS) genomic blockchain platform that will integrate key features for their consortium’s infrastructure.

“While one of our objectives is to create this POC IDS platform, we are also focused on developing a distributed data governance framework mapped to Indigenous community values,” said Fox, project principal investigator. “There is growing debate regarding the creation, access, sharing and ownership of data associated with Indigenous peoples and, while these populations are historically underrepresented in biomedical research, we realize that studies show we have unique environmental adaptions, historically documented disease interactions and unique cultural determinants of health that make Indigenous peoples’ data highly valuable for both research and commercial applications.”

Fox, a Hawaiian native, has been working for many years to empower both individuals and overall Indigenous communities by studying Indigenous data sovereignty, human genetics, biomedicine and ancient genomics. His partnership with Mackey, who focuses a great deal of his efforts on blockchain applications, big data and machine learning to address public health challenges, will help create a healthier, more equitable society.

“This project will move us one step closer to data sovereignty, where Indigenous people have a say in how their health data is collected, shared and used,” said RWJF’s Senior Program Officer Paul Tarini. “It will also offer important insights for any community about what it will take to achieve and maintain control over its health data, and make sure that the data are used for purposes approved by the community.”

UC San Diego received a nearly $500,000 grant (award no. 79802) from RWJF to support the project.

Mackey and Fox believe the project will lead them closer to better understanding ways for greater Indigenous control of data by respecting IDS principles while also leveraging the potential disruptive power of blockchain technology.

“Blockchain technology enables data provenance, increased transparency and enhanced trust within a distributed network,” Mackey explained. “This project will leverage blockchain purposefully for IDS by building a distributed Indigenous data governance platform capable of collecting, organizing and protecting Indigenous community-specific data, including digital sequence information (DSI) and other genomic data.”

Read more about their work in this recent SDSC article entitled Study Explores Use of Blockchain to Protect Indigenous Genomic Data and in a recent article published by the team in the journal Cell.


Source: Kimberly Mann Bruch, SDSC 

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

2022 HPC Road Trip: LBNL, NERSC, and ESnet Briefings

February 7, 2023

Time to finally(!) clear the 2022 decks and get the rest of the 2022 Great American Supercomputing Road Trip content out into the wild. The last part of the year was grueling with more than 5,000 miles of driving over Read more…

Decarbonization Initiative at NETL Gets Computing Boost

February 7, 2023

A major initiative by U.S. president Joe Biden called EarthShots to decarbonize the power grid by 2035 and the U.S. economy by 2050 is getting a major boost through a computing breakthrough at the National Energy Technol Read more…

Nvidia Touts Strong Results on Financial Services Inference Benchmark

February 3, 2023

The next-gen Hopper family may be on its way, but that isn’t stopping Nvidia’s popular A100 GPU from leading another benchmark on its way out. This time, it’s the STAC-ML inference benchmark, produced by the Securi Read more…

Quantum Computing Firm Rigetti Faces Delisting

February 3, 2023

Quantum computing companies are seeing their market caps crumble as investors patiently await out the winner-take-all approach to technology development. Quantum computing firms such as Rigetti Computing, IonQ and D-Wave went public through mergers with blank-check companies in the last two years, with valuations at the time of well over $1 billion. Now the market capitalization of these companies are less than half... Read more…

US and India Strengthen HPC, Quantum Ties Amid Tech Tension with China

February 2, 2023

Last May, the United States and India announced the “Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology” (iCET), aimed at expanding the countries’ partnerships in strategic technologies and defense industries across th Read more…

AWS Solution Channel

Shutterstock 1072473599

Optimizing your AWS Batch architecture for scale with observability dashboards

AWS Batch is a fully managed service enabling you to run computational jobs at any scale without the need to manage compute resources. Customers often ask for guidance to optimize their architectures and make their workload to scale rapidly using the service. Read more…

 

Shutterstock 1453953692

Microsoft and NVIDIA Experts Talk AI Infrastructure

As AI emerges as a crucial tool in so many sectors, it’s clear that the need for optimized AI infrastructure is growing. Going beyond just GPU-based clusters, cloud infrastructure that provides low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnects and high-performance storage can help organizations handle AI workloads more efficiently and produce faster results. Read more…

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Enables Transparent Medicare Outcome AI

February 2, 2023

Medical applications of AI are replete with promise, but stymied by opacity: with lives on the line, concerns over AI models’ often-inscrutable reasoning – and as a result, possible biases embedded in those models Read more…

2022 HPC Road Trip: LBNL, NERSC, and ESnet Briefings

February 7, 2023

Time to finally(!) clear the 2022 decks and get the rest of the 2022 Great American Supercomputing Road Trip content out into the wild. The last part of the y Read more…

Decarbonization Initiative at NETL Gets Computing Boost

February 7, 2023

A major initiative by U.S. president Joe Biden called EarthShots to decarbonize the power grid by 2035 and the U.S. economy by 2050 is getting a major boost thr Read more…

Nvidia Touts Strong Results on Financial Services Inference Benchmark

February 3, 2023

The next-gen Hopper family may be on its way, but that isn’t stopping Nvidia’s popular A100 GPU from leading another benchmark on its way out. This time, it Read more…

Quantum Computing Firm Rigetti Faces Delisting

February 3, 2023

Quantum computing companies are seeing their market caps crumble as investors patiently await out the winner-take-all approach to technology development. Quantum computing firms such as Rigetti Computing, IonQ and D-Wave went public through mergers with blank-check companies in the last two years, with valuations at the time of well over $1 billion. Now the market capitalization of these companies are less than half... Read more…

US and India Strengthen HPC, Quantum Ties Amid Tech Tension with China

February 2, 2023

Last May, the United States and India announced the “Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology” (iCET), aimed at expanding the countries’ partnership Read more…

Intel’s Gaudi3 AI Chip Survives Axe, Successor May Combine with GPUs

February 1, 2023

Intel's paring projects and products amid financial struggles, but AI products are taking on a major role as the company tweaks its chip roadmap to account for Read more…

Roadmap for Building a US National AI Research Resource Released

January 31, 2023

Last week the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force released its final report and roadmap for building a national AI infrastructure to include comput Read more…

PFAS Regulations, 3M Exit to Impact Two-Phase Cooling in HPC

January 27, 2023

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), known as “forever chemicals,” pose a number of health risks to humans, with more suspected but not yet confirmed Read more…

Leading Solution Providers

Contributors

SC22 Booth Videos

AMD @ SC22
Altair @ SC22
AWS @ SC22
Ayar Labs @ SC22
CoolIT @ SC22
Cornelis Networks @ SC22
DDN @ SC22
Dell Technologies @ SC22
HPE @ SC22
Intel @ SC22
Intelligent Light @ SC22
Lancium @ SC22
Lenovo @ SC22
Microsoft and NVIDIA @ SC22
One Stop Systems @ SC22
Penguin Solutions @ SC22
QCT @ SC22
Supermicro @ SC22
Tuxera @ SC22
Tyan Computer @ SC22
  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
HPCwire