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Science Café Cleveland: From Big Data to Big Discoveries

Science-Cafe-Cleveland-Logo-e1401917663795.jpgAttend the next Science Café Cleveland event to learn about discoveries made possible through big data, such as how portions of Neanderthal DNA sequences (that have survived in modern humans) can influence your health.

William S. Bush, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, and Aaron Goldenberg, associate professor of bioethics and associate director of the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, will lead the Sept. 12 discussion, titled “From Big Data to Big Discoveries: How Medical Records Can Support Scientific Research.

Computers that have massive processing power and vast data storage capacity are becoming increasingly affordable and ubiquitous, which has led to the ability to create big data—databases of information so large and complex that it requires the creation of new data-processing applications.

One particular form of big data is the electronic health record systems that are quickly becoming a routine part of hospitals and doctors’ offices. These systems not only help with the management of patient information, but, when examined together, also serve as a snapshot of health care (and health) on a population scale.  In recent years, researchers have used electronic health records linked with patient DNA to make discoveries that were never before possible.

Science Cafe Cleveland will be held Monday, Sept. 12, in the Concert Hall at the Music Box Supper Club, located at 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation and discussion will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Limited menu options will be available for purchase.

Science Café Cleveland is sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and the Music Box Supper Club. For more information, visit