In Google Maps, you can zoom in and see traffic jams between you and your destination, locate nearby restaurants and find out their hours. Parents Geraldine Bliss and Megan O’Boyle from the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation (PMSF), together with data scientist Paul Avillach, MD, PhD, have accomplished an analogous feat for Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.
There was no sugarcoating the day’s topics. What can data science tell us about the intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews? Can bioinformatics give us insights into how prehistoric human migrations have influenced genetic diseases today? What can data mining reveal about health disparities among different ethnicities? More importantly, can these data—and their interpretation—be trusted?
The possible link between physicians’ opioid prescription patterns and subsequent abuse has occupied the attention of a nation in the throes of an opioid crisis looking for ways to stem what experts have dubbed an epidemic.
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