What is neuGRID?
neuGRID is a web portal aimed to (i) help neuroscientists do high-throughput imaging research, and (ii) provide clinical neurologists automated diagnostic imaging markers of neurodegenerative diseases for individual patient diagnosis. neuGRID's user-friendly environment is customised to a range of users from students to senior neuroscientists working in the fields of Alzheimer's disease, psychiatric diseases, and white matter diseases. neuGRID aims to become the "Google for brain imaging".
New imaging technologies significantly affect diagnostic and prognostic accuracy and facilitate progress towards the cure of brain diseases, in particular Alzheimer's Disease. However, the impact of these new technologies largerly depends on the speed and reliability with which the imaging data can be visualized, analyzed and interpreted.
Thanks to distributed services and grid/cloud computational resources, analyses with neuGRID are incomparably faster than traditional-style lab-based analyses. The combination of medical imaging with Distributed Computing Infrastrutures (DCI) has demonstrated the potential to make a significant impact in the translation of medical research from the lab into clinical practice.
neuGRID's proof-of-concept was carried out in 2009 when an Alzheimer's disease biomarker (3D cortical thickness with Freesurfer and CIVET) was extracted from 6˙500 MR scans in 2 weeks versus 5 years that it would have taken in a traditional setting.