CAMH IS US­ING FUTURISTIC BRAIN SCI­ENCE TO TREAT DE­PRES­SION

Toronto Life - - This City -

one of the coolest new in­ter­sec­tions of tech­nol­ogy and bi­ol­ogy is the sphere of neu­roin­for­mat­ics, where sci­en­tists use com­pu­ta­tional magic to find pat­terns in brain data. cAMh’s new Krem­bil cen­tre for neu­roin­for­mat­ics opened this fall with the goal of de­ploy­ing the sci­ence to di­ag­nose and treat men­tal ill­ness. staff will build largescale mod­els that sim­u­late the brain’s cir­cuitry to de­ter­mine how men­tal ill­ness af­fects dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tions, learn the molec­u­lar causes of con­di­tions like de­pres­sion and schizophre­nia, and de­velop new clin­i­cal treat­ments. the cen­tre will em­ploy up to 90 peo­ple— al­go­rith­mists, deep learn­ing ex­perts, math­e­mat­i­cal mod­ellers—all in the hopes of us­ing the sci­ence of big data to get in­side our heads.

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