ADDI's Editorial Take

What is it and what does it include?

This synthetic dataset has been modeled after data from the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia (EPAD) project. The dataset consists of 10 tables and contains data for 200 subjects on biomarkers (ApoE,  CSF), cognition (CDR, dot counting, flanker, four mountains, rbans), socio demographics,vital signs and imaging.  

How can I use this dataset to advance my research?

This dataset is ideal if:

  • you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective opportunity to analyze EPAD data but avoiding lengthy and time-consuming data transfers (especially regarding imaging data) whilst having access to data that preserves the properties of the original EPAD datasets whilst also preserving confidentiality and data privacy.

Has this dataset helped researchers understand Alzheimer’s and other dementias better?

Of course!

  • AD & AI/ML:

In 2021 researchers demonstrated the use of synthetic data generated using the Syntegra methodology to produce a virtual cohort of non-identical digital records that preserve the statistical properties of the EPAD V1500 dataset. Results showed the fidelity of synthetic data generated, reporting a series of commonly used indices that consistently revealed high degree of similarity at the individual level data between the original dataset and the virtual cohort at the individual level data. May 2021 – DOI: 10.3389/frai.2021.613956