Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, joined several faculty members for a CWRU THINK magazine feature highlighting the cancer research underway at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Sloan’s focus is on using big data to better understand the mechanism of disease, its prevention, and treatment.
“Having access to data from large sets of cancer patients beyond just your institution may allow you to look at specific subsets of patients who have a particular disease or a disease with specific characteristics. Maybe you can learn something about them that you would not be able to at your single institution. But with a large data set, you can find enough patients to make your findings meaningful.