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IBM Research and Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute recognized as Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program

June 7, 2010 - IBM Research has been recognized as a Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program for the BioMIMS technology, together with the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute of Bologna Italy. The new technology developed by IBM and the Rizzoli Institute, enables doctors to call upon all information related to a hereditary disease—including genetic information, observations studied, imaging data —from the perspective of the treatment history for any family members so diagnosis and treatment become faster, less expensive, and more personalized.

The system will also build family history records, allowing research into advanced pedigree analytics. Because the disease is hereditary, it’s critical to have access to data for all patients that are connected to the same pedigree. For example, when a child is being diagnosed, it’s vital for physicians to see observations and clinical/genomic information from the parents, aunts and uncles and other close relatives.  The new system from IBM and Rizzoli will take the pedigrees and automatically assign them to groups based on common characteristics. These groupings have the potential to help doctors identify new research directions to better understand the correlation between genotype and the observable characteristics (phenotype) of the disease.

“BioMIMS will provide us with access to an invaluable collection of information so we can compare data to the records obtained from other patients and family members,” noted Luca Sangiorgi, Manager of Medical Genetics at Rizzoli. “This holds the promise of significantly deepening our clinical knowledge about rare skeletal diseases, helping us diagnose and treat individual patients more accurately. Bridging the two worlds of information technology and healthcare will help lead the way towards new answers and new cures.”

For over two decades, Computerworld Honors has acknowledged those individuals and organizations that have used information technology to benefit society. This year’s Honorees were commemorated during the 22nd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 7, 2010 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The Computerworld Honors Program unites Chairmen and CEOs of the world’s foremost information technology companies to recognize the most outstanding user achievements in technology each year. The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums, and research institutions throughout the world. Each year, members of the Chairmen's Committee, a group of 100 Chairmen/CEOs of global technology companies, nominate individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress.

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