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Databases and Medicine

Databases are essential to bioinformatics, to process the immense amounts of data represented by genomes, proteins and the literature about them. Computer Science professors at McGill collaborate with researchers from the life-sciences to develop the laboratory information systems these groups need to manage their data.

Databases are also important for medical records and must support secure sharing of data over the whole geographical region a patient may move about in. In this context, our researchers are involved in distributed databases and in integration of all different kinds of data so that they may be combined and accessed easily by authorized people.

Professor Bettina Kemme teaches and does research in these areas.

Some courses that are relevant for this area are:

  • COMP 420 - Secondary Storage Algorithms and Data Structures
  • COMP 421 - Database Systems
  • COMP 512 - Distributed Systems