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Personal microbiomes shown to contain unique ‘fingerprints’

A new application of a classic algorithm uniquely identifies individuals based on their bacterial “companions” For immediate release: May 11, 2015 Boston, MA – A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies—known as the human microbiome—have…

Curtis Huttenhower wins top junior faculty award in bioinformatics

Curtis Huttenhower, associate professor of computational biology and bioinformatics, has been named winner of the 2015 Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology. The prize recognizes early or mid-career scientists who are emerging leaders in computational biology and bioinformatics for…

Big data holds big potential

January 2014 – Winston Hide, associate professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discusses the enormous promise big data holds for public health researchers. (Harvard Healthcast, 8:06) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast in your browser.…

Predicting Ebola’s spread using cell phone data

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) epidemiologist Caroline Buckee and her team are using cell phone data to track travel patterns across West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. Such data—including unique cell phone “pings” from cell phone towers—can show where…

The ‘incredible possibilities’ of big data

October 27, 2014 -- When Kent Walker’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer initially deemed incurable, Walker’s 17-year-old daughter began scouring the Internet for information that might help her grandmother’s cause. She came across an ongoing clinical trial on her…

Drones may be boon to public health research

From tracking changes in landscapes and animal behavior that could be linked to disease transmission, to hunting for survivors in the wake of a humanitarian disaster, aerial drones are proving an effective tool in public health research. Nathan Eagle, adjunct assistant professor…

Digging for research gold in electronic medical records

September 25, 2014 — For scientists who study rare diseases, hospitals’ vast data banks hold tantalizing potential. Access to anonymized electronic medical records allows researchers to track the progress of a larger group of patients than would be possible in a traditional…

Big data's big visionary

[ Fall 2014 ] As cholera swept through London in the mid-19th century, a physician named John Snow painstakingly drew a paper map indicating clusters of homes where the deadly waterborne infection had struck. In an iconic feat in public health history,…

Innovation through collaboration

Harvard Catalyst fosters relationships across the University June 26, 2014 — Fathers tend not to be included in research on how kids are fed at home, despite increasing evidence that men are contributing more time to the daily care of their children.…

What does a biostatistician do?

June 17, 2014 — Victor De Gruttola, chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), recently answered three questions about the role of biostatistics in public health. What does a…