Lester Mackey awarded first prize in ALS Prediction Challenge

Assistant Professor Mackey and his collaborator Lilly Fang (PhD, JD) achieved Gold Medal status when their team “y7717” ranked first among Best Performing Teams in the DREAM Phil Bowen ALS Prediction Prize4Life Challenge. DREAM is a Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods, and seeks to catalyze the interaction between experiment and theory in the area of cellular network inference and quantitative model-building in systems biology. Lester noted that "Lilly and I were eager to be part of the ongoing effort to make ALS disease prognosis more accurate and useful and we are thrilled that our solution was chosen as one of the best to contribute to the cause of defeating ALS."