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Led by Clare Mackay, University of Oxford

Imaging data is both large and complex, and is typically stored separately from other research data in specialist centres. Until recently, the infrastructure did not exist to bring imaging data together at scale, and this is a very important step to take in conducting the large-scale studies we need for dementia.

DPUK’s imaging informatics provides the infrastructure to bring imaging data from different pre-existing studies together. These different studies, known as 'cohorts' have different ways of naming and categorising data. In bringing all this data together, our imaging experts are making sure that researchers are able to compare accurately the different measures taken in different studies so they can work with all this important data together.

DPUK's Imaging informatics platform is an environment like the Data Portal which analysts can access remotely. Scientists working on DPUK's Imaging informatics platform do not have to download extremely large datasets to conduct their analyses, which lowers the technical barrier to performing image analysis in research.