CBRAIN (generic IT platform), funded by CANARIE provides researchers with a web portal to the Canadian national high-performance computing infrastructure. CBRAIN is integrated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) initiatives in Canada, the US, Europe, India, China and Korea. Coupled with the widely-used online database, LORIS, the CBRAIN platform supports all aspects of data organization, high-throughput analyses and data dissemination. It is the platform of choice for the recently-funded Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a large multi-site study of dementia, as well as other proposed pan-Canadian networks.
The main goal of this platform is to expand CBRAIN from its current role as a platform for high-performance computing into an application platform for research into the mechanisms of AD neuropathology, and integrate imaging, behavioral and genetic data from large-scale AD initiatives under one roof and make it available to Canadian AD researchers for compute intensive analysis.
Successful implementation of these goals will establish a national platform for the neuroinformatics of research into neurodegenerative disorders. It will provide the binding methodological layer between the core IT infrastructure and the receptor communities (clinicians, industry, government, advocacy) represented by such entities as CCNA.