Big Data In the News

The Stanford Biomedical Data Science Initiative will lead the way to a better world. A world where your data transforms not just your health, but the health of people everywhere. The stories featured below show the potential of Big Data to accelerate discovery, provide new insights into disease, and apply targeted therapies on an unprecedented scale.


‘Big data’ approach helps pinpoint possible new stent drug to prevent heart attacks

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers hunting for a better drug coating for coronary stents, the small mesh tubes used to prop open plaque-filled arteries, have pinpointed a cancer drug as a possible candidate.

Stanford researchers use big data to identify patients at risk of high-cholesterol disorder

School of Medicine researchers have announced the start of a new project designed to identify Stanford patients who may have a genetic disease that causes a deadly buildup of cholesterol in their arteries.

Researchers get more than $23 million to launch centers for big-data research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded two grants, totaling more than $23 million, to establish two centers of excellence at Stanford for big-data research.

Stanford's heart health app launches in Hong Kong and UK

MyHeart Counts, an iPhone app that allows users to learn about their own heart health while also participating in a large-scale study designed by cardiologists at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is available in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom as of today.

For big data to help patients, sharing health information is key, experts say

Aggregating large quantities of health data could revolutionize physicians’ ability to diagnose and treat diseases, but getting patients and organizations to share that data poses a challenge, according to speakers at Stanford’s third annual Big Data in Biomedicine Conference.

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Susan Schwartzwald
Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts
Big Data