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Michelle Dunn from NIH BD2K Visits University of Pittsburgh

Michelle Dunn seminarData science is increasingly necessary for biomedical science and requires established leadership and increased funds for research and training. This was the message of the first lecture of the 2016-2017 PHDL Seminar Series by guest speaker, Dr. Michelle Dunn, Senior Advisor of Data Science Training, Diversity and Outreach, Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) at the National Institutes of Health.

Group attending Michelle Dunn PHDL seminarOn September 12th, over 130 people attended Dr. Dunn's lecture at the University Club in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL), University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. She described a major trans-NIH program, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative, led by the NIH ADDS Office, as well as the additional efforts toward enabling the efficient management of biomedical Big Data. Among the aims of the BD2K Initiative are to increase training and funding for research grants and support of a data ecosystem that accelerates discovery as part of a digital enterprise. Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis, lead researcher of Project Tycho and a MIDAS Pitt Center of Excellence investigator, received a BD2K training grant in 2015 which will build on Project Tycho as a global scale population health information system, improving the use of information to counter epidemic threats around the world.

For more information on Dr. Dunn's lecture and the information exchange, visit the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory website.

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