Fujitsu working with medical research institutions to extend human life
Fujitsu has just announced that it has signed agreements with three top Japanese medical research institutions. The purpose of the collaborative efforts will be to use Fujitsu’s considerable computing know-how and resources to help the institutions accelerate research into “Extending Healthy Life Expectancy”.
The three research institutions involved in the projects will be; the Japanese National Cancer Center, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, and National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. In addition we are told that Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) will lend a hand in creating medicine models with the aid of Fujitsu’s ICT resources.
As you can see above the targets of the research are some of the leading causes of premature death and serious illness around the world; cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
Fujitsu estimates that it will have fine tuned its goals and specific research topics alongside the three institutions and TMDU by March 2015. The use of ‘big data’ analysis techniques will play a key role in helping accelerate research into these killer medical conditions. If Fujitsu and its partners can do anything to help minimise and control these leading causes of death the goal of “Extending Healthy Life Expectancy” will surely be met.
The impetus for the Japan-based research is undoubtedly that country’s reputed ageing population, low birth-rate and low rate of immigration. Fujitsu has been working in medical information systems since the 1970s. A year ago it established the Next-Generation Healthcare Innovation Center to promote health, disease prevention and discovery, new drug development and personalised medicine.