Big Data in Sheffield (BiDiS) is a group of professionals and citizens who are exploring the challenges of Big Data and looking for ways to improve the use of data, particularly in healthcare and society.
Genomics has the potential to transform patient care through the stratification and personalisation of medicine, ensuring that patients get the right diagnosis, prognosis and treatment and improving patient care. With the advent of the new sequencing technologies and projects such as 100,000 genomes, this is becoming a reality for the NHS. However genomic data has three characteristics that present a huge challenge to the NHS and society as a whole:
It has longevity - your DNA sequence has implications for the whole of your life and this does not change
It has implications for your family - Your sequence gives information about the genetic make-up of your relatives.
It identifies you - if you have enough genomic data points (such as in a DNA fingerprint) you can be unambiguously identified against a reference sequence.
This is an opportunity to learn about this new era of genomic medicine and how the Big Data in Genomics challenge is being met.
There will be also be an opportunity to network with other data science professionals and students.
The forum is free to attend and open to all. Refreshments will also be provided.