Decoding the Human Brain with Informatics

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Photo coutesy of Evdokia Anagnostou

I decided to take the initiative at Torontoist to start reporting on science and technology. This is, after all, the niche I want to get into(among other things) so for my first story on this beat I look at Brain-CODE.  It’s an informatics database on all types of brain disorders.  MRIs, treatment stats, behavioural profiles, and many others are contained in the database providing samples tens of thousands strong, rather than just a couple hundred as what is normally found in studies. This bounty of knowledge is unprecedented in its scope and that’s why Brain-CODE should be accelerating research in tough areas like autism and Alzheimer’s.  Pictured above is Evdokia Anagnostou, an autism researcher at the Bloorview Research Institute who uses the database in her studies.  Read all about it on Torontoist.

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