Congratulations to Alba Gutiérrez-Sacristán for the first prize won at the Datathon on Autism SSC data celebrated during the last month of February at the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), Harvard Medical School (USA). Alba is a predoctoral researcher at the Integrative Bioinformatics group of GRIB (IMIM-UPF) and she is doing a six months stage at DBMI of Harvard Medical School, working on analyzing Autism data sets, integrating genetic and clinical data to model disease expression using the R statistical tool connected to a i2b2/tranSMART database.
The Datathon on Autism SSC data was addressed to all labs at DBMI or working on PI-SURE. Participants were required to create in a month the coolest use case on Autism Simons Simplex Data combining clinical and Exome variant data using the BD2K PIC-SURE API and jupyter notebooks.
Alba created an R package in order to help researchers to analyse both clinical and molecular data included in the Simons Simple Collection, a permanent repository of genetic samples from 2,600 simplex families, each of which has one child affected with an autism spectrum disorder, and unaffected parents and siblings, winning the first price!