CRC for Mental Health

Video: web-based repository to improve early detection of mental illnesses

About this video: In this five-minute video, Dr. Noel Faux, molecular biologist and bioinformatician at the CRC for Mental Health talks about the challenges of seeking biomarkers for the early detection of mental illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and, mood disorders.

Dr. Faux talks about a web-based repository the CRC for Mental Health is co-creating with commercial firm, Arcitecta, to improve the early detection of mental illness by simplifying the management and analysis of over 100 terabytes of data stored at 19 different locations, covering longitudinal cohort studies ranging from 2 years to 20 years.

This web-based repository will make it easier for researchers to collaborate and gather information from the participants of a number of studies, many of whom are unable to attend assessment clinics or sites to share information about their illness.

This new system will make it easier to collect data at the bedside (using mobile devices). It will also make it easier to combine these data with the CRC for Mental Health’s existing information taken from body scans, genomic analysis, EEG, blood tests and clinical notes, using a product based on Arcitecta’s Mediaflux data management platform.



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