Rare mutations in specific sets of genes may increase one’s chances of developing schizophrenia, according to investigators at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who recently led one of the largest and most comprehensive exome-sequencing studies of the psychiatric illness.
A recent NBC News article highlighted the importance of genetic research and the potential therapeutic application of histamine for individuals with Tourette Syndrome (TS). TS is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics. Onset of tics occurs before age 18 and is often associated with marked impairment and disability.
Vast amounts of data from genomic sequencing and electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to radically improve the health of individual patients, but first, institutions must learn how to manage the data, and adopt uniform standards that allow them to share it.
This discussion took center stage at a Working Summit on Big Data hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System on Wednesday, October 23, at The New York Palace Hotel. At a roundtable discussion, 24 policymakers, entrepreneurs, and health care leaders shared their thoughts and experiences in harnessing petabytes of data for use in improving human health.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine recently unveiled its new supercomputer that is helping researchers unlock the intricate mechanisms that lead to human diseases, and hasten the discovery of treatments for them. The computer, named Minerva, after the Roman goddess of wisdom and medicine, was custom-built by Patricia Kovatch, the school’s first Associate Dean for Scientific Computing.
Minerva provides 64 million hours of computation per year. It has 7,680 processing cores, a peak speed of 70,000 gigaflops, and 30 terabytes of random access memory, making it one of the nation’s highest-performing computers in academic medicine.