Translating a Trillion Data Points into Therapies and New Insights into Disease

Translating a Trillion Data Points into Therapies and New Insights into Disease

There is an urgent need to take advantage of our vast new understanding of human genetics and computer technology to improve health and make the practice of medicine more precise. Dr. Atul Butte's lab at UCSF focuses on building and applying computational tools to convert hundreds of trillions of points of molecular, clinical and epidemiological data collected by researchers worldwide, commonly known as “big data,” into new diagnostics, therapeutics and insights into both rare and common diseases. Dr. Butte, a computer scientist and pediatrician, will highlight how publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs including drugs for inflammatory bowel disease and cancer, discovering new diagnostics for complications during pregnancy, and how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.
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