Online resource to illustrate genetic networks in common autoimmune diseases published

June 02, 2017

Referred to as a Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Space (HIPerSpace) Wall, the technology will give Institute researchers the ability to see cells and other research images in extremely wide scope with unprecedented clarity via a large, interconnected wall of HD monitors driven by sophisticated computer software. In addition to its potential as a highly innovative research tool, the Wall also provides a unique resource for educating the public about the value of basic research in fighting disease.

Patricia Ann Elam, wife of the late William Elam, Jr., M.D., said the Wall bearing her husband's name reflects both his love for medicine and for invention. "He spent more than 50 years in the study and practice of general medicine," she said. "But he also had an engineer's mind and came from a family of inventive types." His brother, James O. Elam, M.D., was a world renowned anesthesiologist and co-inventor of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - CPR. "I think my Dad would be very proud to see this Wall and the potential that it holds for aiding medical advancement and enhancing public awareness about the importance of basic biomedical research," said Kevin Keller.

Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., La Jolla Institute Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, said the Wall is driven by an ultra high performance computing cluster using advanced real-time imaging technology that will enable Institute researchers to look at very large data sets in a whole new way.

"Our researchers will have the capability to view data magnified over a very large area, while simultaneously being able to zoom in on the tiniest details," said Dr. Wilson. "We believe this technology offers an important discovery tool for our researchers by enabling them to collectively analyze data in new ways."