13 May 2019

Twenty million euros for fighting Alzheimer’s using big data

Thanks to Big Data, we are now for the first time able to analyse large amounts of data quickly and to discover patterns in it that say something about the prevention and prediction of diseases. The Province of Limburg, Maastricht UMC+ and Maastricht University (UM) are therefore jointly investing €20 million in a new research institute, called BReIN (Brightlands e-Infrastructure for Neurohealth). The institute’s objective is to create an adequate infrastructure for the collection, storage and processing of big data in healthcare. A comprehensive study of Alzheimer's disease will serve as a ‘prototype’. The spiritual father of BReIN is Maastricht professor of Environmental Health, Jos Kleinjans.