NINR's new “Precision Health: From ‘Omics’ to Data Science” Boot Camp will take place July 25-29, 2016 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Boot Camp Registration opens on April 1 at 12 pm ET.

Please check back soon for additional details on the 2016 Boot Camp. 


The NINR Big Data in Symptoms Research Boot Camp, part of the NINR Symptom Research Methodologies Series, is a one-week intensive research training course at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the course is administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES).

NINR's 2015 Boot Camp will provide a foundation in data science focusing on methodologies and strategies for incorporating novel methods into research proposals. The purpose of the course is to increase the research capability of graduate students, faculty, and clinicians. The course will feature lectures by distinguished guest speakers, classroom discussion, and hands-on training with real-world Big Data.

The course is provided by the NINR at no cost. Attendees are required to pay for housing, food, and transportation expenses incurred during program participation.


Videos segments from the first day of the Big Data Boot Camp are now available on the NINR YouTube channel. To view the videos, click on the playlist embedded below or visit


To see the full NIH Events videocast of the first day of Boot Camp, click here

Course Dates

The Big Data Boot Camp will be held Monday, July 20, to Friday, July 24, 2015. Classes will begin daily at 8:30 am and adjourn at 5:00 pm.

Course Topics

This course will cover a number of topics relevant to using Big Data in research. For additional details, please see the agenda.

Course Objectives

  • Increase knowledge in Big Data methodologies for use in research
  • Discuss strategies for incorporating novel methods into research proposals

Who Should Attend?

Graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply.

Speakers, Faculty, and Staff

The speakers in this course will include nationally and internationally known Big Data experts from various institutions including the NIH and universities across the United States.

Tentative Agenda (to see the full agenda for the 2015 Big Data Boot Camp, click here)

Monday July 20 - Introduction & Foundation to the Era of Big Data

Tuesday July 21 - Clinical Practice: Big Data in Symptoms Research

Wednesday July 22 - Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Aspects in Data Use

Thursday July 23 - Data Mining as a Tool for Research & Knowledge Development

Friday July 24 - Bringing It All Together


Big Data Boot Camp will be held at Building 35A, the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD.


Registration for Big Data Boot Camp will open on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, and will close whenever the course is full.

*Registration for the 2015 Big Data Boot Camp is now full. 

Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive an email confirmation from FAES. 

If you experience any technical difficulties with the registration system, please contact Carline Coote at 301-496-7975 or by email at


A reduced room rate of $129 per night (single or double) has been reserved at the Double Tree Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, for Boot Camp attendees. Please call their reservations line at 1-800-955-7359 and request the group rate for the NINR Boot Camp or use the group code: FA7. For online reservations, click here. Valet parking is available for $12 a day and $23 for overnight parking. Hotel reservations must be made no later than Friday, June 19th, 2015. Reservations made after this date are subject to availability and standard room rates.

Contact Information

For questions on the NINR Big Data Methodologies Boot Camp, please contact:

Dr. Mary Engler
Training Director
Senior Clinician/Chief Vascular Biology Unit, Tissue Injury Branch
NINR Division of Intramural Research
National Institutes of Health
1 Cloister Court
Room 253, MSC 4733
Bethesda, MD 20892-4733
Phone: 301-594-0081

Posted Date: December 4, 2012Updated Date: January 26, 2016