Neil Buckholtz, chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch at the National Institute of Aging, in the National Institutes of Health.
The New York Times reports on a successful collaboration , the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, which created a platform for sharing data on the biological markers (or biomarkers) of Alzheimer’s:
The key to the Alzheimer’s project was an agreement as ambitious as its goal: not just to raise money, not just to do research on a vast scale, but also to share all the data, making every single finding public immediately, available to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world.
There were many barriers they had to overcome to get scientists to share their data. In the end, they managed to get scientists, government agencies, pharma companies, universities and nonprofits to work together to better diagnose Alzheimer’s and measure the progression of the disease.
It’s great to see yet another example of a collaboration working in medical research.