Big Data Analytics, Genomics to Spur Collaborative ALS Research


Three major academic medical centers are combining their big data analytics forces to tackle Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a common yet poorly understood degenerative neuromuscular condition. Johns Hopkins University’s Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Neurological Clinical Research Institute will coordinate research efforts to uncover the root causes of ALS, utilizing advances in genomics, precision medicine, machine learning, and pharmaceutical developments to work towards a cure for the fatal disease. The project, called Answer ALS, represents “an unprecedented approach to understanding and defeating disease,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein, Director of the [...]