BRAIN Commons is designed to fuel data-driven discovery in brain science, and drive diagnostic and therapeutic innovation to reduce the burden of brain-based disorders

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What is the BRAIN commons?

For centuries, a “Commons” has been an open, public site where people of all kinds can gather to meet, share information and ideas important to impact their world, and create a higher level of interactive community. Our BRAIN (Brain Research and Innovation Network) commons aims to create this place in a cloud that is accessible to everyone interested in contributing to our understanding of brain disorders and diseases. Developing new insights into neurological disorders will depend on our ability to discover and understand signature patterns within existing and emerging large-scale datasets.

In the BRAIN commons, we seize the opportunity to create an online platform that will be a dataspace to enable and stimulate brain data sharing and analysis in public and private domains. Our cloud-accessible online platform will support sharing and analysis of multiple types of brain research and clinical data across neurological disorders. By bringing together the same data from different brain disorders into a user-friendly interface with increasingly innovative search and software analysis tools, the BRAIN commons is designed to fuel discovery in brain science, and drive diagnostic and therapeutic innovation to reduce the burden of brain-based disorders.

BRAIN Commons

Partners

Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fast-tracking the development of diagnostic tests and personalized therapeutics for the millions of veterans and civilians who suffer the devastating effects of trauma-related and other brain disorders.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Open Commons Consortium

The Open Commons Consortium (OCC) is a not-for-profit that manages and operates cloud computing and data commons infrastructure to support scientific, medical, health care and environmental research. OCC members span the globe and include over 30 universities, companies, government agencies and national laboratories.

Open Commons Consortium

Center for Data Intensive Science

The Center for Data Intensive Science is a research center at the University of Chicago focused on data science and its applications to advancing biology, medicine, health care and the environment. It is part of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions.

University of Chicago Center for Data Intensive Science

Team

  • Jane Roskams, PhD
    Jane Roskams, PhD

    Jane Roskams, PhD

    Executive Director
    BRAIN Commons

    Dr. Jane Roskams Executive Director of the BRAIN commons, is also a co-founder of the newly-formed non-profit, the Cascadia Data Federation (CDF) – developing data hosting and analysis strategies in mental and global health that span international borders. An internationally-respected neuroscientist working at the interface of genetics and the environment (epigenetics) she previously directed the Lab of Brain Repair as a professor at the University of British Columbia, before moving to Seattle in 2014 to become executive director (Strategy and Alliances) of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

    A passionate advocate for open collaboration, data sharing and citizen science, Dr. Roskams has also served a number of prominent research education and communication roles at the International Brain Research Organization, and the Society for Neuroscience.  Serving on big data health advisories for the NIH and the BRAIN initiative, governor Jay Inslee’s advisory on Life Sciences and Global Health and advising the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation on early childhood development led her to choose to focus her scientific efforts on maximizing our ability to drive discovery from a combining existing and emerging datasets with the development of accessible analysis tools, and the engagement of the people beyond the classic neuroscience community.

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  • Magali Haas, MD, PhD
    Magali Haas, MD, PhD

    Magali Haas, MD, PhD

    CEO & President
    Cohen Veterans Bioscience

    Dr. Haas has over 15 years of pharmaceutical executive and clinical research experience, predominantly at Johnson & Johnson, where she assumed broad end-to-end development leadership roles in medical marketing, full clinical development, early development, and translational and biomarker sciences in psychiatry and neurology. She served 3 years as Chief Science and Technology Officer for One Mind for Research, a nonprofit organization launched in May 2012 by Patrick J Kennedy. She orchestrated the launch of One Mind’s seminal programs, Apollo, an informatics research portal and, Gemini, an international TBI/PTSD research program. She has driven the development of novel platforms for TBI/PTSD analysis, and the extension of this into a cross-disease platform.

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  • Robert Grossman, PhD
    Robert Grossman, PhD

    Robert Grossman, PhD

    Founder & Director
    Open Commons Consortium

    Dr. Grossman is the Founder and Director of the Open Commons Consortium. He is also the Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO), the Director of the Center for Data Intensive Science and a Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago. He is also a Core Faculty and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology (IGSB) and the Computation Institute. Dr. Grossman’s research group focuses on big data, data science, bioinformatics, cloud computing and related areas. Dr. Grossman is also the Founder and Chief Data Scientist of Open Data Group. Open Data Group has provided analytic services so that companies can build predictive models over big data since 2002.

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  • Tom Oberst
    Tom Oberst

    Tom Oberst

    Chief Technology Officer
    Cohen Veterans Bioscience

    Thomas P. Oberst brings 35 years of computer systems experience in high tech and financial services, most recently as the CTO of Advanced Strategic Technology. He is providing vision and technical leadership in the area of Big Data and Cyber Security in support of Cohen Veterans Bioscience’s mission. His career has spanned 20 years in high tech working, mostly in research and product development for startups which were later purchased by Hewlett Packard and EMC. His more recent career was spent working in the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Group at Fidelity Investments, where he helped design, develop, and deploy some of the most advanced systems used anywhere in Financial Services. Tom has expertise in computer and server architecture, system design, development, systems engineering and deployment of secure, extremely scalable, globally deployable information infrastructure.

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