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2007 Grant - Kinoshita
SWAN: A Community Knowledge Base for Alzheimer's Disease Research
June Kinoshita, B.A.
Alzheimer's research Forum Foundation
2007 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Over the last few decades research into Alzheimer's disease has flourished and there have been thousands of scientific publications addressing various aspects of Alzheimer biology. For most scientists, keeping up with the latest scientific discoveries and hypotheses can be challenging.
June Kinoshita, B.A., and colleagues have proposed a web-based collabor-ative program that aims to collate, annotate, and integrate scientific know-ledge about Alzheimer's. This program, Semantic Web Applications for Neuromedicine (SWAN), will give researchers the tools to manage the growing literature on Alzheimer's disease, put that knowledge in context, challenge or devise hypotheses, and identify unanswered questions about Alzheimer biology.
Initially, Kinoshita and colleagues plan to launch a public resource that will be hosted on the Alzheimer's research Forum Web site. In order to launch SWAN the researchers will develop a core knowledge base that will be available to the public. Subsequently, personal workspaces (MySWAN) and semi-private lab workspaces (LabSWAN) will be made available. The scientists believe that SWAN will help drive more comprehensive and robust hypotheses and so help identify targets for treating the disease.