Developing biomarker identification tools for neurodegenerative diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases have caused massive economic burden on the healthcare system as well as reduced patient and caregiver’s quality of life. Identifying biomarkers for early clinical diagnosis, tracking of disease progression, and evaluation of treatment therapies is critical. However, developing such tools remains a significant challenge. The goal of this project is to manage and analyze complex data sets collected from a large sample of patients with neurodegenerative diseases from multi-modal assessment platforms to investigate decline of speed of information processing in the brain. A central neuroinformatics platform, developed by the partner company, InDoc Research is utilized to integrate the large volumes of data across multiple diseases and different data types. Processing speed is a core and basic ability reflected in many brain functions, and deficits in speed of processing are common to many neurodegenerative disorders. TO BE CONT'D

Ying Chen
Faculty Supervisor: 
Doug Munoz
Partner University: