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Neuroinformatics for Aging


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Our team would like to build a neuroinformatics-centered special interest group around the theme of interventions for aging. Our INCF SIG will focus on Asia Pacific community-building as a start but we also welcome global participation. This SIG is active on Trellis. To join, contact Eric Tatt Wei Ho ( or request an invite via the forum [!forum/brainconnects]. 


Chair:Toshiharu Nakai, National Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology, Japan
Deputy Chair: Eric Tatt Wei Ho, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia

Fan-Pei Gloria Yang, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
Muzaimi Mustapha, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ahmad Fadzil Mohd Hani, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
Hirohisa Watanabe, Nagoya University, Japan
Annabel SH Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



This SIG will be a community dedicated to the creation and application of neuroinformatics technologies to address clinical and wellness challenges in aging

About this SIG

Countries in Asia Pacific will face a major societal burden due to decline in mental abilities and health of the rapidly aging population. The technology solutions to this challenge will come from the intersection of aging neuroscience, cognitive engineering and information sciences. We call this field neuroinformatics for aging, where the management and analysis of data will be combined with neurorobotics, neuropsychology, clinical neurology and social neuroscience to delay the decline or improve the mental abilities among the aging.

Past meetings

Brainconnects 2018workshop on June 22, in conjunction with the OHBM 2018.

Brainconnects 2017 workshop on August 22-23,  in conjunction with Neuroinformatics 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

Goals and outcomes

We wish to host a scientific symposium which will become an annual meeting of scientific talks and discussions between neuroscientists, neuroinformaticians, roboticists, neuropsychiatrists, neurologists and neurosurgeons. Forging international collaborations will be the primary goal at these meetings, as the means to (1) find and match expertise to project needs of each member group/country (2) promote the dissemination of tools, analysis techniques and knowledge of neuroinformatics (3) raise the visibility of neuroinformatics to researchers and clinicians from each member country through important use-cases in aging. The SIG will work towards 3 initial objectives which are (1) to establish a shared Asia Pacific neuroinformatics data repository and analytics workflows (to be seeded by collaborators from Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia & Singapore) (2) to define collaborative research projects and seek joint funding from national funders and (3) to develop a collaborative plan for neuroinformatics training i.e. annual short courses for graduate & postdoctoral students specifically for the Asia Pacific region.


Nakai T, Ho ETW, Chen AS, Yang GF, Watanabe H, Tan MP (2017) The INCF Neuroinformatics for Aging Special Interest Group – Cooperation in neuroinformatics to accelerate the validation of aging interventions. Advances in Neuroinformatics 2017. doi:10.14931/aini2017.osii.6