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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 its main objective is to catalyze the interaction between experiment and theory in the area of cellular network inference and quantitative model building in systems biology. The ALS Prediction Prize Challenge set as its goal the prediction of future progression of the disease in ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) patients based on the patient’s current disease status. First prize included an award of $20,000.