Life Sciences group news

Three GECCO Awards for AI in healthcare

CWI researchers and partners won three awards for AI in healthcare at the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation COnference (GECCO) 2021: the Best Paper Award in the Genetic Algorithms track, the SIGEVO Dissertation Award 2021 and a Silver HUMIES Award.

Marie Curie ITN grant awarded to ALPACA network

Recently, CWI and others were awarded an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) consortium grant for ALPACA –'Algorithms for PAngenome Computational Analysis'. The research project involves a total funding of 3.67 million euros.

Humies Silver award for Peter Bosman and colleagues

CWI researchers Peter Bosman and Hoang Luong, along with colleagues from Amsterdam UMC, have been awarded the Humies Silver award at the GECCO 2019 conference, for their efforts in the automated generation of treatment plans for prostate cancer using brachytherapy.

Three Veni grants for CWI researchers

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to Georgios Amanatidis, Marleen Balvert and Christian Majenz. The grant provides them with the opportunity to further elaborate their research ideas during a period of three years.

Instable blood supply may help healthy cells compete with tumor cells

Researchers of CWI’s Scientific Computing group have found that instabilities in the blood supply in cancerous tissue can, surprisingly, lead to a less favorable environment for tumor cells. Their findings shed light on the potential negative side effects of current treatments that aim to actually normalize the blood supply in cancerous tissues.

Comparing medical images better

Together with the radiation oncology department of AMC, Peter Bosman of CWI’s Life Sciences and Health group has been awarded 1.4 million euros for a project in NWO’s Open Technology Programme for the research and development of a new medical image registration method. This project is co-funded by companies Elekta and Xomnia.

A puzzle with a million pieces: assembling viral genomes from sequencing data

Researchers from CWI’s Life Science and Health group have developed a new computational tool, SAVAGE, for reconstructing the genomes of the different virus strains that affect an infected person. SAVAGE makes it possible to reconstruct the different strains – of which there can be plenty in an infected person – even when so called reference genomes are not available