Business briefs, Aug. 20

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

Expression Analysis announces oncology grant program

Expression Analysis, a Quintiles subsidiary, is co-sponsoring a grant program that provides scientists with products and services to advance genomics research.

In the sixth year of the grant program, EA and co-sponsor, Illumina, will award two fully funded oncology research grants. Each grant will enable winners to investigate genomic data locked within Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin Embedded (FFPE) tumor samples -- focusing on a largely untapped data pool in an effort to enhance researchers’ understanding of cancer biology.

Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by technical experts at EA and Illumina. Applications for the grant are due by Sept. 26.

RTI International helps launch Zimbabwe health information system

Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Care, assisted by RTI International and supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, launched a new Zimbabwe national health information system with mobile health messaging.

"This is a historical mark in Zimbabwe's transition from using obsolete paper-based and electronic systems in the collection and dissemination of health statistics to the use of faster and more modern web-based systems," said Dr. Ponesai Nyika, deputy director of the National Health Information and Surveillance Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care. "These initiatives will improve service delivery through data-driven resource allocation and timely provision of scientific data for evidence-based programming across all health programs and disease components, including HIV and tuberculosis."

RTI also supported the customization of FrontlineSMS and training of health workers on the FrontlineSMS mobile phone-based Weekly Disease Surveillance System.

In addition, RTI trained health workers on the Early Infant Diagnosis system, built on the same FrontlineSMS platform, incorporating a two-way mobile health messaging system. Both systems have been implemented in more than 75 percent of health care facilities in Zimbabwe.