NEU-IBM Super Computer will be in service of the humanity and science once again
The lethal Ebola disease first appeared in West Africa. Now, Ebola virus and its variants carry a higher risk of spreading farther because people are more mobile than ever before. The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the USA, which is one of the world’s largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences, has started the “Outsmart Ebola Together” project to screen millions of chemical compounds to identify new drug leads for treating Ebola. The Near East University IBM Super Computer, which is internationally recognized for its contributions to science and health, will provide the utmost contribution to this worldwide project looking urgently for a definitive cure for Ebola virus and its variants.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of NEU (Near East University Nicosia, Cyprus), the Near East University IBM Super Computer will provide the utmost contribution to the US-based project that launched worldwide in order to seek medical remedies for Ebola, which has become a global threat and caused almost 90 percent deaths of the infected people. A protein in the virus responsible for replicating itself adopts different shapes for different functions. Researchers have determined the shape and structure of a key element of the lethal Ebola virus. For better understanding the molecular biology of the virus and identifying its molecular structure, computers with fast and high data analysis capacity are urgently needed to screen millions of chemical compounds and synthesize the molecular structure of a chemical antiviral drug effective against Ebola virus and its variants. Besides, such computers will also contribute to map out the potential threat areas in the world. Being internationally recognized for its contributions to science, the Near East University IBM Super Computer with the capacity of processing approximately 20 trillion operations and data analysis per second is one of the most powerful computers across the globe. To its full potential, the Super Computer of NEU will support the international scientific project launched by the Scripps Research Institute, which is based in California, the USA, in order to develop an antiviral against Ebola virus and will serve science to find the most effective medical remedy for Ebola.
İrfan Günsel: Global threats can only be stopped by using scientific potential within global cooperation….
Touching upon the crucial role of global cooperation in coping with the health issues threatening the world, the Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Günsel drew attention to the growing need for global cooperation to combat against the deadly Ebola disease. “Using the most advanced medical and computer technologies available today to combat Ebola virus, which has become a worldwide threat, has become a urgent agenda of the scientific world. From Asia to Europe, from Europe to the United States of America, the Super Computer of the Near East University has contributed to many scientific project including cancer research, food development programs and CERN Large Hadron Collider known as the most expensive project of the era. The Near East University is dedicated to provide contributions to global scientific projects regarding the future of mankind. To this end, NEU- IBM Super Computer at full capacity will provide contribution to the project launched by the Scripps Research Institute and serve the science on behalf of the mankind to develop an antiviral drug against Ebola virus and identify the potential threat areas in the world. The speed and scale of an antiviral drug search is essential, as this particularly lethal disease continues to spread and mutate. Aiming to accelerate the process of identifying a definitive cure for Ebola, NEU IBM-Super Computer will be in service for humanity and science once again. The Near East University with all its might and possibilities will be at the forefront in the scientific fight against this virus that threatens all humanity. Such great threats can be stopped only by collaboration of the most advanced technologies available in the world. The mankind is facing a great threat and we can only stop this threat by the cooperation of scientific potential. The cooperation for such threat will lay the foundation for joint scientific studies against possible global threats in future….” said Günsel.
Sudan virus, Marburg virus and Reston virus are close relatives of Ebola virus as all belong to the Filoviridae family of viruses. All these filoviruses pose a similar threat. Outsmart Ebola Together” project launched by US based Scripps Research Institute aims to identify the potential threat areas and screen millions of database in order to identify the most effective drug for the treatment of the disease caused by Ebola virus and its variants. To this end, computers in global cooperation will help scientists perform this critical research aiming to identify new drug for treating Ebola.