U.S., Canada Collaborate on Big Data in ASD Research The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will link its big data collection initiatives with those of Canada’s Ontario Brain Institute in an effort to drive autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research forward. Because there is no single cause of ASD and because it manifests in a variety of ways, ASD ... News in Brief
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U.S., Canada Collaborate on Big Data in ASD Research
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U.S., Canada Collaborate on Big Data in ASD Research
The ASHA Leader, December 2015, Vol. 20, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.20122015.16
The ASHA Leader, December 2015, Vol. 20, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.20122015.16
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will link its big data collection initiatives with those of Canada’s Ontario Brain Institute in an effort to drive autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research forward.
Because there is no single cause of ASD and because it manifests in a variety of ways, ASD is difficult to treat and complicated to study. Researchers from a range of science and medical backgrounds seek access to broad data collections ranging from brain imaging to behavioral assessments.
In the U.S., the National Database for Autism Research, a program of NIMH, integrates and standardizes data, tools and computational techniques across multiple public and private autism databases.
The Ontario Brain Institute’s Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network involves about 40 core researchers at academic and clinical sites studying ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders who share their data on a single platform, the Brain Centre for Ontario Data Exploration.
Researchers involved with the project hope it will increase the chances of understanding the different underlying ASD biologies and of translating this information into treatments.
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