Excellent news in our ongoing battle that I have been following quite closely...
World Community Grid and researchers supported by Decrypthon, a partnership between AFM (French Muscular Dystrophy Association), CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and IBM are investigating protein-protein interactions for 40,000 proteins whose structures are known, with particular focus on those proteins that play a role in neuromuscular diseases. The database of information produced will help researchers design molecules to inhibit or enhance binding of particular macromolecules, hopefully leading to better treatments for muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.
The "Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy Phase II" project entered a series of progressively expansive Beta work unit releases as of April 15th, 2009. I have been participating in these Beta efforts with quite a number of worldwide Grid contributors. This project is very quickly moving toward formal launch. The total project is estimated to take 1 year 9 months at similar contribution rates as Phase I project. That is 458 Centuries of compute time, so we NEED your help!!!
I have created a team out there that anybody can join. It is very appropriately named "He's My Son" and is now up to 44 members strong and cranking out some serious results across the spectrum. We are now contributing 1 CPU year every 10 days!!!
I selfishly admit I will change my projects to only run HCMD while it is active, but I can do no less as a father.
PLEASE checkout the World Community Grid and consider joining at:
If you wish to, you can join my "He's My Son" team after signing up with WCG by following this link:
If you have questions or would like assistance setting up, please let me know!
My e-mail contact information is:
IBM is the primary corporate sponsor of the World Community Grid. While I do work for IBM, I do not speak on behalf of IBM. My WCG notifications and the team I have created are solely part of my personal efforts on behalf of my 6 year old son Eric, and by extension all others affected by Muscular Dystrophy.