Nolan Nichols

Session: Can we Harmonize Metadata?


Meaningful (meta)data at scale: removing barriers to precision medicine research

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard for evaluating therapeutics in patient populations. The data collected during RCTs include a wealth of clinical measures, biomarkers, and tissue samples – the analysis of which can lead to the approval of new medicines that improve the lives of patients. The secondary use of these data can also fuel the discovery of novel targets and biomarkers that support precision medicine, but a lack of metadata standards creates substantial barriers to reuse.

For this talk, I will discuss the challenges that arise when aggregating diverse types of data from a large number of RCTs and present a case study in how to apply (meta)data standards for the scalable curation and integration of these data into an analysis ready form.