Uganda Medical Informatics Centre

An integrated medical informatics centre

The Uganda Medical Informatics Centre (UMIC) is a major flagship initiative governed by the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR), lead by The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and facilitated by the MRC-Uganda and the University of Cambridge, to link research and educational institutions and to build academic government and private partnerships in bioinformatics across Africa.

This infrastructure provides a unique highthroughput computational resource supporting a broad range of computational genomics research, including the development of analysis pipelines and algorythms, as well as the application of deep analytics into health research. The UMIC—as part of the infrastructure capacity building programme of the APCDR is currently supporting analysis from major research initiatives in Africa in bioinformatics and genomic research such as International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), TrypanoGEN (TPG), The PANGEA-HIV Consortium (PANGEA) and The MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS (MRC/UVRI).

The computational capacity at the UMIC data centre is that of 500 high-end bench tops operating as a single computer, allowing the storage of 10,000 high coverage full genomes and a wide range of clinical databases— making it one of the largest health research orientated computational resource in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In the initial phase of deployment, the UMIC has successfully supported the processing and hosting of data from the African Genome Resource (AGR), a major component of The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Human Genetics programme in Africa and the largest African genome resource generated to date. The AGR, interlinks with other major endeavours across the continent, such as H3A, which has already benefited from the resource generated at the UMIC for the development of the new H3A African genome array.

TrypanoGEN (TPG), with the support of Makerere/UVRI Infection and Immunity (MUII) capacity development funds are currently developing a software interface at UMIC to run the first large-scale genomic-analysis to elucidate the genetic determinants of African Trypanosomiasis. This study platform set up at the UMIC, highlights the capital role played by the facility supporting and interlinking major research and development initiatives in Africa.

The welcome Trust Sanger Institute and MRC/UVRI Uganda are now formal partners with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). As part of this partnership, the UMIC will host IAVI’s Africa programme data—providing a computational resource to host, curate and manage data generated across the continent with emphasis to developing computational tools to access and analyse large datasets.

 

Data centre as a service, the UMIC provides offsite access to its data centre infrastructure and biodata resources;

For more details on how to apply for access to compute and storage services please follow the link (…);

For details on how to access existing APCDR biodata resources please go to (…)

Published papers

UMIC-Supporting the Big Data for health Revolution in Africa
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