The 2021 UF Radiation Oncology Spring Seminar is virtual! Access the latest research from the UF Department of Radiation Oncology, wherever you are, Feb. 19 through June 30. READ MORE
The UF Health Cancer Center Biostatistics and Quantitative Sciences Shared Resource (BQS-SR) in the Division of Quantitative Sciences (DQS) has made an investment in UF’s Research Computing high-performance computer, HiPerGator. This newly updated compute cluster consists of over 66,000 processing cores and over four petabytes of ultra-high-performance storage.
The UF Health Cancer Center BQS-SR has purchased 32 processing cores (with 128 GB RAM). This also allows us access to 288 cores and 1.1 TB RAM for compute jobs with run times up to 96 hours. We have also purchased five TB of ‘blue’ storage and 20 TB of ‘orange’ storage. Blue storage is high-performance storage designed to handle large groups of independent tasks performing read and write operations simultaneously. This is primarily used for intensive analyses of large datasets. Orange storage is designed for long-term storage of large files which require regular read/write access. UF Health Cancer Center members are encouraged to reach out to Drs. Ji-Hyun Lee (Director) and Jason Brant (Unit Leader of Bioinformatics) regarding research collaborations utilizing this resource.
On top of allowing physicians to apply minimally invasive techniques to a variety of different procedures, the use of robotic surgery means surgeons can operate on even the most complex of cases without compromising technical precision and flexibility.
“We’re seeing robotic technology on the rise for a number of reasons,” said Alexander L. Ayzengart, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.C.S, an assistant professor in the division of gastrointestinal surgery. “But at the end of the day, they can all be linked back to one thing—improvement in how we deliver patient care.”
Although surgical specialties utilizing robotic surgery run the gamut from thoracic surgery to urology, gastrointestinal (GI) surgery is uniquely suited to benefit from the innovation that robot-assisted procedures can provide, Ayzengart said.
In many GI surgeries, like colorectal procedures, the confined space of the pelvis makes certain movements and execution of surgical technique much harder. With the addition of a robot, however, surgeons can visualize the space they are operating in 3D, and exert more control over their movements. READ MORE