Science Café Cleveland presents


From Big Data to Big Discoveries: How Medical Records Can Support Scientific Research


SEPTEMBER 12, 2016




William S. Bush, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute for Computational Biology, CWRU




Computers that have massive processing power and vast data storage capacity are becoming increasingly affordable and ubiquitous. This has spawned the ability to create what are referred to as Big Data, databases of information so large and complex that traditional methods can no longer handle them and thus require 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 healthcare (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. 
Come and learn how genetic changes can affect your response to medication, and even how portions of Neanderthal DNA sequences (that have survived in modern humans) can influence your health – discoveries made possible by this new era of Big Data.





The Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall

1148 Main Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



September 12, 2016

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Concert Hall will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention a full bar! (Click here to view menu). Come early, get a good seat, grab a bite and a beverage and enjoy the discussion!


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.


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