OCRA Partners With Microsoft AI Initiative to Accelerate Ovarian Cancer Research

OCRA Partners With Microsoft AI Initiative to Accelerate Ovarian Cancer Research
The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) has partnered with Microsoft's AI for Health initiative, with the ultimate goal of accelerating ovarian cancer research using data science and artificial intelligence (AI). AI is a broad term that encompasses any use of a computer to accomplish tasks, from sorting to making complex decisions, that are usually associated with intelligent life. In the context of cancer research, AI holds a great deal of promise because it could facilitate the rapid analysis of large amounts of data. "As partners, our shared goal is to move the science forward faster and ultimately prevent ovarian cancer," Audra Moran, the president and CEO of OCRA, said in a press release. Although cancer can be very simply defined as a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell division, the biological mechanisms that govern cancer growth are incredibly complex. Cancer growth can be affected by a person's genetics — both the genes a person is born with, as well as mutations that are acquired in cells over the course of an individual's life — as well as by environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle, and recreational drug use suc
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