Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Tohka, Jussi
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title Predictive brain image analysis
Decision No. 316258
Decision date 18.06.2018
Funding period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Funding 438 875
Project description
Minute changes in brain structure and function precede visible symptoms in brain diseases. These changes are observable by combining brain imaging and advanced computational data-analysis techniques. In this project, we develop computational techniques based on machine learning to facilitate the observation of brain changes and diagnose brain diseases earlier. The idea of machine learning algorithms is to use existing data to make computers learn to automatically interpret new data. In this project, brain images and long term follow-up information of the large subject pool form the input to the machine learning algorithms. By utilizing this example data, the algorithms learn to predict disease progression based on brain images. Methods to be developed in this project can be utilized, for example, for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The project will team up with top level medical experts to try to find most promising utilization targets for the new methods.