New technologies and ballooning data sets allow us to model problems and test solutions in human health, in ways inconceivable just a decade ago. MIT researchers are rising to the challenge of organizing, sharing, and interpreting these resources—collecting the data we need, making sense of the data we have, and extracting insights that could improve countless lives.

Civil and environmental engineering professor Lydia Bourouiba, pictured with graduate student Yongji Wong, collects and analyzes data on the spread of infectious disease. Photo: Lillie Paquette

Leading with Data

In their own words: MIT faculty on advancing health in a data-rich era

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Data into Action

Medical tech entrepreneur and investor Zen Chu on the digital reinvention of health care

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Underworlds

MIT researchers and a robot named Luigi tap into the secrets of sewage

A doctor and patient in the hospital

Intensive Analysis

A clinical database of unprecedented scope opens new avenues for improving critical care

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Watch and Discover

Videos delve into MIT's global impact and vision in Campaign priority areas

Cathy Drennan, professor of chemistry and biology. Photo: James Kegley

Dynamic System

A core chemistry course that activates engagement, even beyond the MIT campus

Anna Frebel studies stars residing of the Milky Way, visible here above Chile's Las Campanas Observatory. Photo: Yuri Beletsky

Points of Light

Astrophysicist Anna Frebel studies how the oldest stars for clues about how the universe formed

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Color Decoder

Looking deeper into the brain to understand how color meshes with forms and faces

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