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Network analysis for complex neurodegenerative diseases

Manzoni, C., Lewis, P. A. and Ferrari, R. (2020) Network analysis for complex neurodegenerative diseases. Current Genetic Medicine Reports, 8 (1). pp. 17-25. ISSN 2167-4876

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Purpose of Review Biomedicine is witnessing a paradigm shift in the way complex disorders are investigated. In particular, the need for big data interpretation has led to the development of pipelines that require the cooperation of different fields of expertise, including medicine, functional biology, informatics, mathematics and systems biology. This review sits at the crossroad of different disciplines and surveys the recent developments in the use of graph theory (in the form of network analysis) to interpret large and different datasets in the context of complex neurodegenerative diseases. It aims at a professional audience with different backgrounds. Recent Findings Biomedicine has entered the era of big data, and this is actively changing the way we approach and perform research. The increase in size and power of biomedical studies has led to the establishment of multi-centre, international working groups coordinating open access platforms for data generation, storage and analysis. Particularly, pipelines for data interpretation are under development, and network analysis is gaining momentum since it represents a versatile approach to study complex systems made of interconnected multiple players. Summary We will describe the era of big data in biomedicine and survey the major freely accessible multi-omics datasets. We will then introduce the principles of graph theory and provide examples of network analysis applied to the interpretation of complex neurodegenerative disorders.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy
ID Code:92313


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