For the past 8 years, the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging from University of California, Los Angeles has been organizing and archiving international data received from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. The goal of the program is to gather as much data as possible about the disease in order to raise the effectiveness of prevention and treatment methods.
With a new promising effort, the data gathered is expected to reach more than 165 terabytes of genetic data. This is the equivalent of almost 165 thousand copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Researchers from more than 60 countries have partnered up in the quest of understanding the Alzheimer’s disease. Arthur Toga, the director of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) says that “We collect vast amounts of imaging, cognitive and biosample data from hundreds of subjects with Alzheimer’s disease, those at risk, and controls. One of the more unique aspects of this study is that all data are shared with any scientist, without embargo. We have already engaged many scientists around the world with this open access…More Media News