29 February 2016

Big Data Institute tops out

Images by John Carins

Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson attended a topping out ceremony on 26 February to mark construction of the Big Data Institute (BDI) and Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) building reaching its highest point.

Image by John Carins  

The new building, which will become operational in December 2016, will keep the UK at the leading edge of modern biomedical research, addressing the challenges of generating and making sense of huge amounts of biomedical data,Image by John Carins from patient records to genome sequences and from clinical trials to feeds from mobile devices.  Known as Big Data, this vast resource will be systematically mined and analysed to provide information on a range of diseases, treatments and health risks.  Uniquely bringing together leading experts from a wide range of fields worldwide, the facility will house over 500 researchers.

Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, said: ‘The Big Data Institute will develop approaches for generating, storing and analysing large datasets. There is nowhere else that can offer the same range of expertise essential to make big data a success.’