Data Analysis & Informatics Center (DAIC)

As the DAIC for the ABCD Study, our key responsibilities include 1) establishment of a harmonized MRI acquisition protocol, compatible with all major scanner platforms; 2) central capture, secure transfer, and storage of many different types of data; 3) rigorous quality control and quantitative calibration procedures; 4) centralized image processing and information extraction; 5) statistical analysis tools and procedures for the integration of longitudinal information across measures and modalities; and 6) public sharing of data and tools.

The data analysis and informatics center of ABCD is dedicated to an open approach to scientific research, where data and analysis methods are accessible to all levels of inquiry, amateur or professional. This includes an open source/open methodology driven software development with publicly available software repositories that document ongoing data collection, data analysis and data sharing. The published tools have been developed following the ABCD results-based accountability model and implement the best-practices developed by the ABCD study.

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Dr. Anders Dale
Anders Dale, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Dr. Don Hagler
Don Hagler, Ph.D.
Image Analysis

Dr. Wesley Thompson
Wesley Thompson, Ph.D.
DAIC Associate Director,

Dr. Hauke Bartsch
Hauke Bartsch, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Informatics

Dr. Sean Hatton
Sean Hatton, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist

Armin Schwartzman
Armin Schwartzman, Ph.D.
Statistical Image Analysis

Dr. Paul Shilling
Paul Shilling, Ph.D.

Dr. Feng Xue
Feng Xue, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics Programmer

M. Daniela Cornejo
M. Daniela Cornejo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Fabian Telschow
Fabian Telschow, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Shanmuga Sundar Velkur
Shanmuga Sundar Velkur, Ph.D., Postdoctural Fellow

Dr. Joshua Kuperman
Joshua Kuperman, Ph.D.
Imaging Protocol Developer

Alex Decastro
Alex DeCastro, M.S.
Information Systems Analyst

Stephen Figueroa
Stephen Figueroa
Systems Analyst

Fangzhou Hu
Fangzhou Hu
Programmer Analyst

Dr. Octavio Ruiz
Octavio Ruiz, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics Programmer

Chase Reuter
Chase Reuter

Jazmin Diaz
Jazmin Diaz
Staff Research Associate

Laura Hillmer
Laura Hillmer
Staff Research Associate

Dr. Dominic Holland
Dominic Holland, Ph.D.

Thomas Liu
Thomas Liu


University of California, San Diego
Investigator: Dr. Anders Dale
Co-Investigator: Dr. Paul Shilling

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093
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