Technology to collect and analyse data relating to human health and behaviour will increasingly become a part of everyday life. For the first time, human kind has the opportunity to “time-travel” but not in a mechanical device but through simulation that will allow representations of the past (e.g.
Integration of complex interacting mechanisms is needed to fully understand how toxic environmental contaminants cause human diseases. Proving association of exposure with risk may help formulate polices that identify the exposures or exposure levels to avoid, but they cannot address reducing disease burden in those who were unaware of exposures or when exposures cannot be reduced below safe levels. Mechanistic studies can identify
Sequencing applications such as Whole Genome Seq (WGS), Whole Exome Seq (WES), ChiP Seq, RNA Seq and others are revolutionizing life science research. However, analysis of the Big Data produced from these diverse applications require specialized skills in genomics and create data analysis bottlenecks for most research laboratories.
Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that is typically diagnosed by 2-3 years of age. Despite the early age of clinical diagnosis, relatively few neuroimaging studies have focused on evaluating the neural basis of autism in very young infants and children. The identification of imaging markers of ASD that precede clinical diagnosis could have great impact in identifying infants at risk for ASD and initiating early interventions.