REGISTER NOW: ReSourcing Big Data – A Symposium and Collaboration Opportunity (3/23)

From Harvard Catalyst:


March 23: Symposium
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School

Extant data is an inexhaustible resource that is not yet very well understood and is underutilized. The focus of this symposium is to explore this area from various perspectives – privacy and security, policy, open clinical trial data, systems and disease-oriented synthetic efforts and individually-provided, aggregated crowd-sourced data. The goal is to engage our biomedical and public health research community in a more nuanced appreciation of these and similar issues.

Topics include: data aggregation, access, annotation, refocusing on novel or unanticipated questions, and recombination with diverse demographic/epidemiologic data.


Toward Precision Medicine: Building a Patient-centric Information Commons on Common and Rare Diseases with i2b2/tranSMART
Paul Avillach, MD, PhD
Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital

Alternate Approaches to Explore Multi-Dimensional Clinical Spaces
Stephen Friend, MD, PhD
Sage Bionetworks

Global Collaborations and Large Data Sets Pull Psychiatry into Modernity
Steven E. Hyman, MD
Harvard University and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Discovery of a Common Pre-Malignant State of the Blood from Mining Large Exome Sequence Data Sets and Electronic Medical Records
Steven McCarroll, PhD
Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Bedside to Bench: From My Data to Our Data to Big Data
Sally Okun, RN, MMHS

Research Data Transparency: Fostering the Use of Clinical Trial Data with Open Collaborations
Marsha A. Wilcox, EdD, ScD
Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D

Complete information, including speakers and registration, can be found on the website.

March 24: Working Sessions

9:00 – 11:00 AM
Countway Library
Harvard Medical School
Four concurrent half-day, topic specific breakout/working sessions will be held for those interested in learning about these specific data sets and discussing potential collaborative efforts regarding these data sets. Harvard Catalyst intends to use the outcomes of these discussions to structure funding opportunities centered on collaborative new uses of these big data.


Session 1: The Human Oral Microbiome: Database, Sequencing, and Analysis Tools
Floyd E. Dewhirst, PhD, DDS
The Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Session 2: The National Sleep Research Resource: An NHLBI Physiological Signal and Data Repository
Susan Redline, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Session 3: The OPTICS Project: Open Translational Science in Schizophrenia, Using Clinical Trial and NIH Data Together
Marsha A. Wilcox, EdD, ScD
Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D

Michelle Williams, ScD, SM, MS
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Session 4: Alternate Approaches to Explore Multi-Dimensional Clinical Spaces
Stephen Friend, MD, PhD
Sage Bionetworks

Even if you cannot attend the Symposium, you are still invited to participate in a working session.

Please Note: Seating at the individual breakout/working sessions is limited and may not be able to accommodate every registrant. Harvard Catalyst will let you know within a week of registering if you’ve been accepted into your desired working session.

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