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‘Big data’ driving scientific revolution

Raw data on everything from genes to purchasing behaviors can now be collected, stored, and crunched at rates unimaginable just a few years ago. But mining this potential goldmine for scientific research can be a daunting task. Researchers from Harvard School of…

The oddsmaker

[ Spring 2008 ] A math whiz takes on brain cancer, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Rebecca Betensky’s dad worked as a statistician for a global oil company on “credit rating stuff,” she says, so for a long time, she “stayed as far away from…

The promise of big data

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] Petabytes of raw information could provide clues for everything from preventing TB to shrinking health care costs—if we can figure out how to use them. Harvard School of Public Health microbiologist Sarah Fortune went to Camden, Maine in…

Secrets of sound health

[ Winter 2014 ] Growing up, Francesca Dominici lived about a mile from Ciampino Airport, the second busiest in Rome. As she remembers it, the greatest nuisance from the roar of aircraft over her home was that she couldn’t hear her friends…

Expanding access to clinical trial data responsibly

For immediate release: October 21, 2013 Boston, MA – A new report by researchers from Harvard University and others in a working group convened by the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center (MRCT) at Harvard proposes recommendations for addressing a problem that has vexed…

Using cell phones for public health

February 28, 2012 Nathan Eagle is an expert in how to use cell phone data to predict and influence human behavior. And he thinks that cell phones could be the next big thing in public health. That’s because cell phone data could shed…

Buckee named an ‘Innovator Under 35’

August 21, 2013 — Caroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health, has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of this year’s Innovators Under 35. The honor…

Adaptability key to success of cohort studies

December 17, 2013 – With federal research dollars declining, investigators must think of creative and flexible ways to keep their long-running cohort studies running and funded, said Bruce M. Psaty, professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Washington, at the…