Human Brain Data on the Web: A New Tool for Medical Research
Fillia Makedon, Dartmouth College, United States
WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet, in San Antonio, Texas Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Recent advances in cognitive neuroscience have made it possible for a new way to use the web: as a tool for medical research in functional and structural human brain analysis, both for treatment and prognosis. Such web-based medical systems are very much needed because of the appearance of new imaging methods that are generating data at very rapid rates, and also due to the Human Brain Mapping initiative [7, 15, 16]. Sharing such data is very important because of the high cost in generating them at each laboratory. The web can provide access to a common set of data and methods that everyone can use in order to assess results, compare findings and do statistical analysis, perform meta-analysis, and gain an understanding of what is going on in the field of brain analysis. Thus, the web can be used in medical research to "lower the walls" surrounding such specialized bodies of research as MRI analysis of brain structures, and advance knowledge at a rapid pace. Given secure access and privacy of the information, many projects [4-14] are now trying to convert such personal information into valuable knowledge that becomes part of everyday life in the life of a medical researcher. In this talk, we summarize some examples of how the web is currently being used to support medical research using human brain data and technologies such as MRI, fMRI and PET. We describe our experiences on building such resources, which requires diverse tools for organizing, publishing, retrieving, employing, analyzing and mining brain imaging multimedia data. We discuss related and interesting issues like accessibility of the data, security, privacy, intellectual copyrights, and so on.
Makedon, F. (2000). Human Brain Data on the Web: A New Tool for Medical Research. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 2000 (pp. 601-604). San Antonio, Texas: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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