University of Maryland, Mayo Clinic Win $150,000 in Global Impact Awards

by Tonie Hansen

NVIDIA announced today that it has awarded $150,000 in Global Impact Awards to the University of Maryland and the Mayo Clinic for their pioneering research to address social, humanitarian and environmental problems.

At the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, researchers who created BEAGLE, a revolutionary way of looking at how evolution develops, earned a $100,000 Global Impact Award.

Using NVIDIA GPUs to slice data at lightning-fast speeds, BEAGLE is an open source library and API that hastens analysis of biological sequence data, such as DNA, by providing accurate computations of specific models.

BEAGLE – which stands for Broad-platform Evolutionary Analysis General Likelihood Evaluator – has become an essential component in the software workflow of many scientists studying the evolutionary history of organisms, including the viruses that cause AIDS, influenza and Ebola.

The field, known as phylogenetic inference, spans everything from plague-causing bacteria to the study of how monkey flowers adapted to different geographic regions.

University of Maryland Professor Michael Cummings, who leads the development of BEAGLE, colleague Daniel Ayres, who handles software design and programming, and Professor Marc Suchard of UCLA, will accept the Global Impact Award during NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference.

Read our blog about the University of Maryland team’s work.

Mayo Clinic Receives Award

Mayo Clinic Taps AI to Predict Brain Tumor Genomics and Improve Treatment
Mayo Clinic Taps AI to Predict Brain Tumor Genomics and Improve Treatment

The Mayo Clinic received a $50,000 Global Impact Award for its work using AI to spot certain brain tumor mutations early using MRIs.

Dr. Bradley Erickson, a Mayo Clinic neuroradiologist receiving the award, is deploying a GPU-accelerated deep learning technique that could lead to an earlier and more accurate way to diagnose and treat brain tumors.

It could give doctors easier access to invaluable genetic information, which can help how fast a tumor will progress, if it will respond to specific drugs, or its response to treatment without surgery.

Read our blog about the Mayo Clinic team’s work.

Fourteen applications from half a dozen nations were submitted for the Global Impact Awards for 2017. Other nominees this year were the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the University of Oxford and the University of Washington.