AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science 2017
Conference paper

An Exploration of Latent Structure in Observational Huntington’s Disease Studies

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Huntington’s disease (HD) is a monogenic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive decay of motor and cognitive abilities accompanied by psychiatric episodes. Tracking and modeling the progression of the multi-faceted clinical symptoms of HD is a challenging problem that has important implications for staging of HD patients and the development of improved enrollment criteria for future HD studies and trials. In this paper, we describe the first steps towards this goal. We begin by curating data from four recent observational HD studies, each containing a diverse collection of clinical assessments. The resulting dataset is unprecedented in size and contains data from 19,269 study participants. By analyzing this large dataset, we are able to discover hidden low dimensional structure in the data that correlates well with surrogate measures of HD progression. The discovered structures are promising candidates for future consumption by downstream statistical HD progression models.