University of California San Francisco professor Dr. Atul Butte has been named a Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor at University of California at San Francisco.
As part of his distinction, Butte, who leads the university's Institute for Computational Health Sciences, will get $10 million to continue his work and start the institute, according to a press release. Butte's approach includes taking publish research and looking through it for new ways to understand medicines and medical conditions. Butte believes it is important to do this while still respecting the confidential information of those who took part in the studies.
The university, citing a statnews.com article, said members of Butte's lab have found through this method that a medication that was once given approval to kill parasitic worms could treat liver cancer, the release said.
The donation is helping the school bring on more faculty members, assisting those involved with Butte's work to put data together and helping Butte coworkers create and build up the university's Spoke knowledge network. The network will allow scientists to get into outcomes from a lot of varied tests and computer-based instruments.