The Idiap research institute now hosts a bioinformatics research group focusing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Known above all for its advances in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, the Idiap research institute now hosts a new research group on the relationship between computer science and genetics. It is headed by bioinformatician Raphaëlle Luisier.
“At Idiap, I work alongside colleagues who are at the forefront of the field of artificial intelligence. This inspires me and gives me a lot of leads to advance medical research. Computer technology allows us to process countless amounts of data in a short period of time, which would be impossible to do by hand.”
The research group aims to analyze two types of data : the way motor neurons read the approximately 20,000 human genes and the behaviour of these cells over time as a function of a large number of variables. “In this sense, artificial intelligence could reveal possible correlations between the reading of the genome by motor cells, their composition and their behaviour.”
A program designed to repatriate talent
The Martigny-based institute has also set up Valais Wallis Ambition. This initiative supports young engineers having completed their primary and secondary schools in Valais, followed by EPFL-equivalent studies, and interested in pursuing high-quality post-graduate training.