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Health Agencies Update
November 26, 2014

Grants Focus on Leveraging Biomedical Big Data

JAMA. 2014;312(20):2082. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15837

New grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help investigators develop new strategies to analyze and use increasingly complex biomedical data sets, or Big Data. The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which was launched in 2012, will invest nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014, with a projected total of nearly $656 million through 2020 (http://bd2k.nih.gov/#sthash.de0QcZhG.dpbs).

The goal is to explore novel analytics for mining large amounts of data to improve human health while protecting privacy. Examples include developing tools to help identify individuals who may be at increased risk for cancer and other conditions and uncovering strategies to improve their treatment and prevention.