World Community Grid launches another project to make the world better: „GO Fight Agains Malaria“ aims to discover new drug candidates to cure people from malaria. This „Malaria research project from Scripps emerges from IBM Watson’s winnings on Jeopardy“ (Citizen IBM). As a member of World Community Grid I will designate all calculations made by my computers for World Community Grid to this project for the remainder of 2011.
Robin Willner, vice president of IBM’s Global Community Initiatives:
When IBM’s Watson computing system bested two human competitors on the Jeopardy! game show, The Scripps Research Institute received some of the $1 million first-place prize money. Now, Scripps is launching a project to identify treatments for malaria, partially funded by the winnings — and it needs help from the general public to make it even more successful.
Dr. Alexander L. Perryman started working on malaria as a hobby but now with a little help from some friends he brings his work to a new level:
Working on malaria started as a hobby that I advanced during nights and weekends for a couple years, when I wasn’t working on FightAIDS@Home, Professor Olson’s project on World Community Grid that seeks a cure for HIV. With persistence and a lot of help from IBM and from fellow Scripps Research scientists, we’re now addressing malaria.