National Institute on Aging Awards Parabon Grant to Develop Novel Simulation Software for Probing the Molecular Mechanisms Responsible for Alzheimer’s Disease

16 December 2013

Parabon Computation, a veteran provider of extreme-scale software and services, has been awarded a Phase I STTR1 grant by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to develop new methods for accelerating molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and delivering the improved algorithms as a software service atop Parabon’s Frontier Compute Platform. To demonstrate the biomedical applications of the software, the Parabon research team will investigate the molecular underpinnings of Alzheimer’s Disease. The two-year project is being performed in collaboration with Dr. Dmitri Klimov, a Professor in the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. The NIA is one of 27 centers and institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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