The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) unites researchers with study data as they work to define the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. ADNI researchers collect, validate and utilize data such as MRI and PET images, genetics, cognitive tests, CSF and blood biomarkers as predictors for the disease. Data from the North American ADNI’s study participants, including Alzheimer’s disease patients, mild cognitive impairment subjects and elderly controls, are available from this site.
The Human Connectome Project (HCP) aims to provide an unparalleled compilation of neural data, an interface to graphically navigate this data and the opportunity to achieve never before realized conclusions about the living human brain.
The analysis of MEG data in the Human Connectome Project is performed using FieldTrip, a MATLAB toolbox for MEG and EEG analysis, in combination with additional analysis scripts and functions that have specifically been written for the HCP. The FieldTrip toolbox is described in detail in a reference paper and documentation is provided on its website. The additional analysis scripts and functions for the HCP are referred to as “megconnectome.” Both FieldTrip and megconnectome are released under the General Public License.
UK Biobank is a major national and international health resource, and a registered charity in its own right, with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia. UK Biobank recruited 500,000 people aged between 40-69 years in 2006-2010 from across the country to take part in this project. They have undergone measures, provided blood, urine and saliva samples for future analysis, detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. Over many years this will build into a powerful resource to help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not.
UK Biobank was established by the Wellcome Trust medical charity, Medical Research Council, Department of Health, Scottish Government and the Northwest Regional Development Agency. It has also had funding from the Welsh Government, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK.