On January 31st 2011 the neuGRID project has reached its end.
The aim of neuGRID was to build a new, user-friendly Grid-based research e-Infrastructure based on existing e-Infrastructures by developing a set of generalised and reusable medical services in order to enable the European neuroscience community to carry out research required for the study of degenerative brain diseases.
In neuGRID, the collection/archiving of large amounts of imaging data is paired with facilities and services for computationally intensive data analyses.
neuGRID aims to become the "Google for Brain Imaging", i.e. providing a virtual imaging laboratory that can be accessed by any scientist with a PC and web browser. This new environment will allow researchers in the field of Alzheimer╣s disease answer complex neuroscientific questions.
The architecture of neuGRID is such that generic medical services can be flexibly adapted to be interfaced to others, specific to areas outside Alzheimer╣s and the neurosciences.
The challenges that neuGRID has successfully addressed were: the gridification of brain imaging analysis "pipelines" (e.g., cortical thickness extraction with the CIVET pipeline), the development of a mid-layer of services between user-facing and grid-facing services to ensure a generic and expandable infrastructure, and the testing and validation of the prototype infrastructure.
neuGRID will live on into "neuGRID for you: espansion of neuGRID services and outreach to new user communities" (N4U), due to be kicked off early in July 2011 and aimning to expand services for the end user. More coming soon on another channel!