The Hartwell Foundation


Autism Research and Technology Initiative

Palo Alto, CA, March 1, 2014 -- The Hartwell Foundation launched an Autism Research and Technology Initiative (iHART) to empower the global scientific research community with open access to a centralized repository of autism data with the potential to benefit children. Accessed through the Internet, this cloud-based computing and technology platform will ultimately deploy state-of-the-art computational tools of systems biology, machine learning and inference algorithms to inspire users to exploit the full potential of available information about autism. The initiative is aimed at providing a comprehensive scientific resource that will enable complex queries regarding the known spectrum of Autism disorders; including, but not limited to: phenotypes, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, measurements and imaging of brain activity, biomarker and diagnostic test results, treatment protocols and physician narratives. The iHART platform will provide a unique and sophisticated portal to “sandbox” data integration for discovery and interpretation, as well as experimental design and validation. Dennis P. Wall, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Stanford University has been named Director of iHART.