• Our annual Precision Medicine conference returns on Wednesday, June 21, with "Breakaway Business Models."
  • PhD student reflects on her own academic evolution working in the lab of advisor Shamil Sunyaev.
  • Video and slides now available from New England Journal of Medicine's "Aligning Incentives for Sharing Clinical Trial Data" event April 3-4
  • Peter J. Park recently became a full Professor of Biomedical Informatics, the first such promotion since the department's 2015 founding.
  • Biostatistics – Biomedical Informatics – Big Data (B3D) Seminar Series is co-hosted by DBMI and HSPH Biostatistics on selected Mondays.

Welcome

Over 100 years ago, Abraham Flexner reviewed the state of U.S. medical education and its impact on the practice of medicine. What he reported about the lack of modern science in medicine caused half of the medical schools in this country to close. Today we are at another Flexnerian moment. Medicine and biomedical science are data- and knowledge-processing enterprises that are largely conducted without any of the modern tools of quantitative analysis or automation.

On July 1, 2015, we inaugurated the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. This new department, built on our ten-year history as the former Center for Biomedical Informatics, will bring quantitative methods and engineering to biomedicine at HMS. It is our mission to ensure that the next 100 years result in the breakthrough treatments and scientific insights we presaged in a New England Journal of Medicine piece entitled "A Glimpse of the Next 100 Years in Medicine."

Zak Kohane, Chair

 

 

Blog

May 5, 2017

The Making of an Evolutionary Geneticist

Not many people look at a beautiful rugged mountain landscape and think of genetics. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am one of them now. How did I get here? It all started with a meeting with my soon to-be advisor, Shamil Sunyaev, at Harvard Medical School. Other than telling me that

September 9, 2016

Learn about i2b2 and Redcap for Enterprise-wide Translational Research

As part of the i2b2 Community Collaboration Improvements, we will be having Educational Seminars in which a member of the community will present their work to other members of the community. The first of hopefully many seminars will be held Thursday October 13 from 2:00 to 3:30.

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We are seeking a computer science or biostatistical postdoc with experience in multivariate predictive modeling and machine learning. If you are interested in applying and developing your expertise to patient data across millions of citizens and want to advance healthcare and biomedicine, contact Nathan Palmer.