Description:Bio Medical Portal
Abstract:<b>Experiment</b> : Nowadays medical studies are starting to deal with large, distributed, and heterogeneous repositories as well as with computationally demanding analyses. Data access, algorithm deployment and integration solutions are more often required to handle this complexity, especially when applications are distributed: this particular scenario is frequently found in neuroinformatics, where the health care provider is not a single institution but a collection of actors that play different roles in the territory following a patient during years and collecting several kind of data and information. This complexity requires an integrated approach, where the traditional design paradigm is shifted to a service based paradigm.
<b>Application</b>: The platform is not designed and developed by a single actor or institution but is a collection of services exposing hardware and software resources on the territory. The software architecture must be designed to exploit the existing Grid services since the most important components (security, storage, database) are already available and integrated. Such a complexity requires for a collaborative approach at different levels of the technology stack: doctors, bioinformatics engineers, application developers, libraries and tools developers, middleware developers, grid service providers, infrastructure maintainers.<br> BIOLAB laboratory at DIST, University of Genoa started in early 2007 the development of a container for Bioinformatics application (BMPortal). This then evolved to a more general biomedical portal and it is currently used to re-engineer previously developed biomedical applications. A use case for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer\ disease will be shown in the poster. The work is undertaken at BIOLAB (application development based on NICE Enginframe Grid Portal and engineering activities contributed by Aitek SpA). Security, data and metadata management components are developed by researchers and SMEs in Catania (IR&T Srl, UNICO Srl, INFN Catania, Un