Multiple sclerosis is a cruel disease. It typically strikes young adults. The body’s own immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, resulting in physical disabilities, cognitive problems and a host of other chronic symptoms. The cause isn’t known. There is no cure. Fortunately, the amount of biomedical and clinical data related to MS has exploded over the past decade, and, at the same time, new research methods make it possible to assess environmental factors and hundreds of thousands of genetic variations taken from single samples.
Researchers at The State University of New York at Buffalo are using a new approach to computing in an attempt to identify the causes and promising therapies. We’re conducting a TweetChat on Thursday, May 10, from 12 to 1 p.m. ET at Twitter hashtag #IBMDataChat. Please join the conversation about using technology to help defeat MS.
· Shawn Dolley, IBM VP of Big Data Healthcare & Life Sciences (Moderator), @shawndolley
· Dr. Murali Ramanathan, SUNY Buffalo Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences and Neurology, Director of Graduate Studies & Co-Director, Data Intensive Discovery Initiative, @M_Ramanathan
· David Smith, Revolution Analytics R Evangelist & VP of Marketing, @revodavid
· Tim Coetzee, National MS Society Chief Research Officer, @tim_coetzee