Linking mechanistic multi-scale brain simulation and knowledge technology – towards a holistic understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease

Leon Stefanovski Presenter
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Berlin, Germany 
Saturday, Jul 22: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Educational Course - Full Day (8 hours) 
Room: 516DE 
Recent advantages in storing, organizing, and utilizing scientific knowledge sources open a new field towards a mechanistic understanding of brain diseases. Knowledge bases and ontologies incorporate information about protein-protein interaction, genomic features, and biochemical pathways in health and disease. We explore this topic for Alzheimer’s Disease [1], the most common cause of dementia and one of the leading causes of disability and health-related costs in the world. We show how information from the OMICS scale can be mapped onto the brain [2] and consecutively linked to recent multi-scale brain models of Alzheimer’s Disease that take into account hyperexcitability [3] and its potential usage in the improvement of diagnostic classification [4].

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2. Stefanovski, L., et al., Spatial mapping of subcellular disease pathways and cytoarchitecture to anatomical brain regions for multi‐scale brain simulation with The Virtual Brain. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 2021. 17: p. e052311.
3. Stefanovski, L., et al., Linking Molecular Pathways and Large-Scale Computational Modeling to Assess Candidate Disease Mechanisms and Pharmacodynamics in Alzheimer's Disease. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 2019.
4. Triebkorn, P., et al., Brain simulation augments machine-learning-based classification of dementia. Alzheimers Dement (N Y), 2022. 8(1): p. e12303.