ENBIS-17 in Naples

9 – 14 September 2017; Naples (Italy) Abstract submission: 21 November 2016 – 10 May 2017

Closing Keynote: Arnoldo Frigessi on "Digital Life: Statistics for Big Health Data"

13 September 2017, 11:40 – 12:40


Submitted by
Arnoldo Frigessi
Arnoldo Frigessi (University of Oslo)
Data have always played a fundamental role in discovery in bio-medicine. Statistics is one of the most important elements in the cocktail of sciences which form medicine. Most, almost all?, battles for better health and treatment have been won also because of statistical methodologies. Now, because of revolutionary technologies, which allow observing and measuring the super-minute at very high frequencies, data have reached a new quantitative and qualitative level in bio-medicine. Big health data (including genomics), eHealth (including electronic health journals) and mHealth (including the health apps on your smart phone) give enormous new possibilities to prevent, make diagnoses and treat. This is a lecture on Digital Life, its opportunities, challenges and dangers. I will focus on two particular themes: simulation models for personalised cancer treatment and patient safety monitoring in hospitals. Innovation in statistical methodology is needed to exploit in full big health data.

This work is in collaboration with many colleagues and students, in particular Alvaro Köhn Luque, Xiaoran Lai, Chi Zhang, Magne Thoresen.

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