An Introduction to the Brain Commons

Cohen Veterans Bioscience Webinar Series - October 2017 Webinar

An Introduction to the Brain Commons

Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at 12pm noon ET

Robert L. Grossman, PhD
University of Chicago & Open Commons Consortium



Webinar Summary

We give an introduction to data commons in general and the Brain Commons in particular. A data commons co-locates data with cloud-based storage and computing infrastructure, along with commonly used software services, tools & applications for analyzing and sharing data to create a resource for the research community. The Brain Commons is a new project that will include clinical data, imaging data, genomic data, and wearable data for trauma-related and other brain diseases.


About Robert L. Grossman, PhD
University of Chicago & Open Commons Consortium

Robert L. Grossman, PhDRobert L. Grossman has been a leader in the fields of data science, open data, and data sharing for over 25 years. He is the principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a five-petabyte data-sharing platform containing detailed genomic and associated clinical data on the tumors of over 14,000 patients.

He has also developed data commons and data sharing platforms for several other research communities, including the general science community (Open Science Data Cloud), environmental science (Open Commons Consortium-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [OCC-NOAA] Environmental Data Commons and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s [NASA’s] Project Matsu), and liquid biopsies (Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer [BloodPAC] Data Commons).

He is the Frederick H. Rawson Professor at the University of Chicago and Co-Chief of the Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science in the Department of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Center for Data Intensive Science and the Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago.