Big data initiatives at NIH (BD2K)
Michelle Dunn, Ph.D.
Carnegie Melon University
Despite the hope that data science promises, we are faced with a dearth of skilled researchers who can mine and extract meaningful information from the vast amount of heterogeneous biomedical data. The field needs creative statisticians who are facile with computational ideas and paradigms, to apply their skill set to the challenges of biomedical Big Data science. Although statistical challenges are plentiful in all areas of biomedical science, we highlight the particular challenges addressed by two complementary and large initiatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN). I will talk about the opportunities available for statisticians to accelerate advances in these initiatives.