“On the lab side, we make sure the protocols are written in a way that is suitable for the study and the information is recorded in the same way.”
The Accelerator is supporting a range of projects, both inside and outside Telethon Kids Institute. They range from immune profiling to help identify biomarkers for Rheumatic Heart Disease, led by Professor Jonathan Carapetis, to investigating whether frontline health workers can be protected from COVID by an already established vaccine – part of the BRACE project, led by Professor Tobias Kollmann and Northern Star Professor of Children’s Respiratory Health Stephen Stick.
Crucially, the Accelerator program offers a cutting-edge multi-omic approach to sample analysis, meaning several layers of molecules are examined together to give a 360-degree view of the information that underlies a particular disease.
Dr Ben Othman said the Accelerator operated like a ‘concierge service’, putting researchers in touch with the best providers and helping to set up new collaborations with experts in the field to carry out complex data analysis.
“We test and develop new protocols and we collaborate with other researchers to help them access those new technologies, and to do advances analysis for systems biology, using different ‘omic’ platforms – whether that’s RNA sequencing or DNA sequencing or other techniques,” she said.
“We aim to combine lab technologies with advanced analysis pipelines to help researchers accelerate their projects.”