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A new platform to fast-track lifesaving brain research

MedicalXpress Breaking News-and-Events Jan 10, 2024

An international team led by Australian researchers has developed a platform that could transform neuroimaging data analysis worldwide. The Neurodesk platform will enable scientists to accelerate research on conditions such as epilepsy, dementia, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury by enabling faster processing and analysis of neuroimaging data.

The research is published in the journal Nature Methods.

Brain research requires the analysis of massively detailed data sets generated by increasingly powerful techniques to measure brain structure and function such as MRI, MEG and EEG. Developed by Swinburne University of Technology, University of Queensland, and University of Sydney, Neurodesk addresses the analysis challenges presented by these data sets through an open-source platform that can be installed and operated anywhere.

"Our platform makes a continuously expanding range of cutting-edge analytic techniques and software accessible to researchers across the world," says Swinburne project lead and Director of Neuroimaging Professor Tom Johnstone.

"It allows researchers to leverage the most powerful supercomputers and cloud platforms on an individual researcher's laptop, and is easy to install and update."

Creating Neurodesk required an international team with expertise across signal and image processing, medical physics, software engineering, AI and machine learning. The open-source Neurodesk platform is designed to support transparent and reproducible research, so that scientists can share and cross-validate their analyses and accelerate research in critical areas.

With extra funding, the team is looking to broaden its scope to other neuroimaging methods and applications that will fast track the process of diagnosis and treatment for brain related illnesses.

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