Professor, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, UBC
Professor, Neurosurgery, University of Washington
Over the last 10 years, Dr. Roskams’ research interests – in the regulation of abnormal nervous system development and brain repair – have shifted into interlinking data silos to drive the democratization of data-based discovery, and develop new collaborative pathways and platforms for accessible open data sharing and analytics. Recently returned from serving as Executive Director at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Dr. Roskams is a respected leader in the brain Open Data movement. She leads training and analytics for the Trans-Canada Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP), and is a co-PI (with Zora Popovic, University of Washington) on a recently (NSF/NIH) funded citizen neuroscience project – Mozak – a game-based platform designed to engage teams of the “lay public” in the analysis of brain big data, and develop a new closed-loop human-computer interface to enhance machine learning (ML) and AI in neuroscience discovery. A co-founder of the Cascadia Data Network, she is also working with data scientists across several initiatives (including the EU’s Human Brain Project, BRAIN initiative, CONP and several tech-based efforts) to expand access to analytical training to enhance our understanding of neurological disease, and to develop novel pathways to integrate data from the different models (animal, iPS cell) that we use to study brain disorders. Dr Roskams is working with the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating facility (INCF, Karolinska Institute) in collaboration with the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) to develop an online open framework (The INCF Training Space) for globally-accessible neuroinformatics training.