Multi-Modal Data Analysis for Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis: An Ensemble Model Using Imagery and Genetic Features. Conference Paper uri icon


  • Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurological disorder primarily affecting the elderly. An estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are suffering from Alzheimer's dementia today. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is widely used for the clinical diagnosis of AD. In the meanwhile, medical researchers have identified 40 risk locus using single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) information from Genome-wide association study (GWAS) in the past decades. However, existing studies usually treat MRI and GWAS separately. For instance, convolutional neural networks are often trained using MRI for AD diagnosis. GWAS and SNPs are frequently used to identify genomic traits. In this study, we propose a multi-modal AD diagnosis neural network that uses both MRIs and SNPs. The proposed method demonstrates a novel way to use GWAS findings by directly including SNPs in predictive models. We test the proposed methods on the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative dataset. The evaluation results show that the proposed method improves the model performance on AD diagnosis and achieves 93.5% AUC and 96.1% AP, respectively, when patients have both MRI and SNP data. We believe this work brings exciting new insights to GWAS applications and sheds light on future research directions.

name of conference

  • 2021 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC)

published proceedings

  • Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

altmetric score

  • 10

author list (cited authors)

  • Ying, Q. i., Xing, X., Liu, L., Lin, A., Jacobs, N., & Liang, G.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Ying, Qi||Xing, Xin||Liu, Liangliang||Lin, Ai-Ling||Jacobs, Nathan||Liang, Gongbo

publication date

  • November 2021