Flywheel to Serve as Research Platform in Study on Pediatric Brain Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Flywheel, founded in 2010, is rapidly emerging as a platform of choice for researchers interested in the use of imaging research and machine learning. The company has recently received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support research on the neurodevelopmental health of children growing up in poverty and other adverse environments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This data management platform has focused on powering healthcare innovation by accelerating collaboration between partners, enabling machine learning, and streamlining the daunting task of data aggregation, curation, and management.

With their unique technology and expertise, the company will utilize the multi-year grant to provide a centralized, cloud-based research infrastructure to an international cohort of researchers led by King’s College London.

The research will be conducted by distributed research teams, each of which will use Flywheel to curate, share, and analyze MRI scans of young children between the ages of 0 and 24 months across 25 LMICs in Africa and Asia. The use of Flywheel is intended to reduce the constant IT burdens and data sharing restrictions normally experienced in multi-site initiatives of this size.

“We are honored to participate in this important project,” said Can Akgun, PhD, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Flywheel. “By leveraging our comprehensive research data solution, the team will now focus on gaining a deeper understanding of pediatric brain development rather than spending valuable time on management of data and computational workflows. We believe this research effort will make a major contribution to improving the health of future generations.”

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