Project Highlight: GLAD4U

Project start/end dates: August, 2008 to November, 2011.
Highlights: HTML/CSS/PHP/Perl/C++/JQuery/Javascript implementation.

GLAD4U, a National Library of Medicine-awarded website, is the result of the Master in Biomedical Informatics thesis of Dr. Jerome Jourquin at Vanderbilt University.

This software runs a query against the National Center for Biotechnology and Information (NCBI)'s publication database (Pubmed), and transforms a list of publications into a list of prioritized candidate genes. Due to the intensive computation needs of GLAD4U, every piece was careful designed and implemented for efficiency and speed of execution—including the use of many different programming languages to draw on their respective advantages.

For the website design, we advised on a very simplistic approach, following the Google search page example: the site is driven by the data, not the design. Nevertheless, GLAD4U is build with PHP, Perl, C++, HTML, CSS, Javascript, and JQuery.