They hope the NeuroScienceAccelerator will effect a revolution in neurosciences by enabling the crowd sourcing of brain function data and organizing scientific replication of research to get diagnostics and treatments into doctor’s offices faster.
The NeuroScienceAccelerator, based on technology developed at the University of Victoria, will help neuroscience researchers share their data more readily via a collaborative Internet data aggregation tool, and a data mining and brain function modeling tool which can potentially help researchers and clinicians get to treatments and cures faster.
“This is far more efficient” says, Dr. Philip Zeman, founder of Applied Brain and Vision Sciences, “than through the present organic academic paper process. We can aggregate data through the NeuroScienceAccelerator and make vast data sets of brain function data available to researchers to help them find those small bits of data which are often over looked in small data sets, but could actually be the key to understanding Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease or other dementias.”
According to the US Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.”
“We want to change that prognosis,” said Zeman. “The NeuroScienceAccelerator is our response to the new focus on Alzheimer’s research which is early detection. If we can detect when the brain begins to change earlier, we might have a fighting chance of delaying onset or finding causation.”
“We decided since we are trying to aggregate data from global neuroscience researchers that we should also ask the “crowd” to fund our effort to expand our service and make it available to the globe.” Zeman said. “We can all help by working together.”
Participants will be rewarded through the indiegogo.com process and part of the reward is the ability to allocate minutes of the NeuroScienceAccelerator for particular research projects. Current projects waiting for NeuroScienceAccelerator time include: Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia/
For more information on the indiegogo.com campaign go to: NeuroAccelerator.org
For more information on Applied Brain and Vision Sciences go to: http//:www.abvsciences.com