John Crespi, professor, is one of the researchers who recently won $450,000 in the third round of funding from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research. The award will support big-data studies of brain diseases.
Big data brain initiative, a three-year project, is led by Anumantha Kanthasamy, an Iowa State Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine, chair of biomedical sciences and director of the Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology. The research team will use big data to develop new treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The researchers will use large datasets about Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients to identify new biomarkers that indicate risk for developing neurodegenerative diseases and track their progression.