A new center at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering will harness the power of big data to improve health care on a global scale. The Sherry and John Woo Center for Big Data and Precision Health, launched this month with more than $3 million in funding over three years from philanthropist and biotech industry executive John Woo, will support research projects, educational experiences and entrepreneurship opportunities for Duke faculty and students in collaboration with clinical and industry partners worldwide.
Today, biomedical imaging and sensing technologies are gathering real-time health data at an unprecedented pace. Powerful computers can probe the complexity of entire genomes, and electronic recordkeeping offers new opportunities to analyze population-level disease patterns and issues in clinical care delivery. Across Duke, faculty and students are developing innovative data science, machine learning and digital health modeling approaches to transform this data into actionable health insights.
“Big data, analytics and machine learning are changing our world significantly, and nowhere will the change be more significant and meaningful than in health care,” said Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Engineering at Duke. “Duke Engineering and Duke Health are collaboratively leading this change, and the Woo Center will help catalyze this further by coordinating new partnerships, expanding access to diverse, well-curated datasets and fueling transformative research ideas in this space.”
Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Engineering
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Advisory Board Member, Woo Center for Big Data and Precision Health