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The QSM4SENIOR project, led by researchers from BAOBAB (NeuroSpin department) and the company VENTIO, aims at developing an original early biomarker of brain aging by using data from the SENIOR study of NeuroSpin. QSM4SENIOR has just been funded by the European Open Science Cloud for Life Sciences (EOSC-Life).
Researchers from NeuroSpin (BAOBAB and UNIACT units) and their partner, the startup VENTIO, have just received a funding from EOSC-Life for their joint project QSM4SENIOR. This project aims to evaluate the relevance of an innovative biomarker derived from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the early detection of the development of central nervous system diseases. Researchers will be able to process their data in an open, digital and collaborative space for biological and medical research.
The causes of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease are still debated and there are no early markers for these diseases. Since March 2012, NeuroSpin has been conducting the SENIOR study to map imaging biomarkers of normal brain aging, with the hope of identifying early biomarkers in particular. The study is following a cohort of 100 subjects aged 50 to 70 years with ultra high field MRI imaging, at a rate of one session per year over a 10-year period. The infrastructure's MRI scanner technology provides access to resolutions and sensitivity unmatched by conventional imaging systems.
With the help of the startup VENTIO, the QSM4SENIOR project seeks to add an innovative biomarker: the quantitative measurement of magnetic susceptibility (QSM). This quantity is extremely sensitive to the presence of iron. Although the accumulation of iron in the brain is associated with normal aging, an accumulation above a certain threshold could be a reliable indicator of early cognitive decline and could make it possible to identify affected structures that have not yet been identified. The program therefore provides answers on the normal accumulation of iron in the brain with unprecedented precision.
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