BSC participates in a study to detect alterations in the cerebral microstructure of people with a greater genetic risk of suffering Alzheimer

21 June 2018

The research is the result of the Alfa Study of the BBRC, promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation, and the collaboration with Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

A team from the Pasqual Maragall Foundation research center, the Barcelonaβeta Brain Research Center (BBRC), has detected alterations in the microstructure of the cerebral white substance of cognitively healthy middle-aged people and carriers of two copies of the gene that confers the greatest genetic risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, APOE-Ɛ4. The results of the work have been published recently in the scientific journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, and have been possible thanks to the neuroimaging tests carried out in the framework of the Alfa Study, promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation.

Pablo Ródenas, coauthor of the paper and BSC HPC support and application consultant says that from BSC “we compiled and installed the software and libraries required for executing the experiments. We prepare the workflow and we were in charge of submit to the cluster the different executions needed for obtaining the published results”

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