Data61 helping to win the war on cancer

Monday, June 5, 2017

Researchers at CSIRO’s digital research group Data61 are developing innovative software to detect early-stage cancer.

The tool detects angiogenesis which is the development of new blood vessels and precedes the growth of tumours.

CSIRO researchers collaborated with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics who produced high-resolution 3D imagery. The images were then used by Data61 researchers to develop an algorithm which predicts new blood vessel growth. Anti-angiogenesis treatment can then aim to stop cancers growing by inhibiting blood vessel growth.

"If we can stop cancers spreading we can reduce the number of people who die from the disease”, Cancer Council Australia CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda said.

Data61 is Australia’s leading digital research powerhouse, offering the research capabilities, IP and collaboration programs to unleash the country’s digital and data-driven potential. They are creating one of the largest digital research teams in the world and, outside of the Department of Defence, Australia’s leading capability in cyber security research.

Data61 received $75 million under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Read the media release or check out CSIRO's recent blog.

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