Childhood Cancer Data Lab
Did you know there is enough publicly available disease data at the National Institute of Health to fill up six Libraries of Congress? Unfortunately, much of that information is often written in different ways – think of it as different languages – that make sense to one researcher but often times not to another. Translating that data into one consistent format so that all researchers can access and understand it is one of the jobs of the Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL).
The first big data lab of its kind dedicated to childhood cancer, ALSF will soon launch the beta version of “refine.bio,” a tool which is designed to collect the data into one format in a central location. Researchers across the globe will be able to efficiently access and analyze this data to identify common patterns. In turn, they hope this collaborative dataset will accelerate the development of new therapies to cure childhood cancers.
Childhood Cancer Data Lab staff