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Abstract #1957

Dementia Induces Correlated Reductions in White Matter Integrity and Cortical Thickness: A Multivariate Neuroimaging Study with Sparse Canonical Correlation Analysis

Brian Avants1, Phil Cook1, Lyle Ungar1, James Gee1, Murray Grossman1

1University of Pennsylvania, philadelphia, PA, United States

We present a novel, unsupervised method, sparse canonical correlation analysis for neuroimaging (SCCAN), that automatically locates correlated sets of voxels in complementary imaging modalities. The method reveals significant and syndrome-specific cortical thickness-diffusion tensor imaging networks in two neurodegenerative diseases, AD and FTD. Subject diagnosis was confirmed by autopsy or CSF-biomarker ratios. The SCCAN summary correlates, in AD, with MMSE reduction and, in FTD, with reduced verbal fluency. Thus, SCCAN identifies disease-specific networks of effects in white matter and cortical thickness that appear in anatomy suspected to be involved in these diseases and that relate specifically to impaired cognitive processes.