Ferath Kherif

Ferath Kherif is coordinating the work of the various components of the medical informatics platform of the Human Brain Project. The aims are to create a facility for medical ICT, federate very large volumes of data from European hospitals about diseases of the brain (imaging, data from tissue and blood samples, clinical data, medical histories, genomic data, etc.) and finally use this data to discover biological signatures of diseases.

Affiliation
Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Talk title
The Medical Informatics Platform of the Human Brain Project

Talk abstract
Medicine is experiencing a data explosion, driven by advances in genetics and imaging technology. We lack effective strategies to integrate the data and to identify the unique “biological signatures” of neurological and psychiatric diseases. However, new data virtualization, Big Data and data mining technologies now makes it possible to federate and analyse the huge volumes of data accumulating in hospital archives, allowing researchers to identify the biological changes associated with disease and opening possibilities for early diagnosis and personalised medicine.
The Medical Informatics Platform has three operational objectives:
• build the tools to federate clinical data, including genetic and imaging data, which is currently locked in hospital and research archives.
• recruit hospitals to contribute to and use the platform;
• develop tools making it possible to extract unique biological signatures of disease from multi-level data. This will open possibilities for early diagnosis and personalised medicine.

The Medical Informatics Platform will therefore become a service to: clinicians – for objective diagnoses and treatment of brain disease, neuroscientist – to apply, test and input new models and methods and pharmaceutical and biotech companies – for disease target discovery

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