NINR 2014 Boot Camp

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The NINR Big Data Methodologies 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) as one of the Bio-Trac programs.

NINR's 2014 Boot Camp will provide a foundation in methodologies for using Big Data in research. The purpose of the course is to increase the research capability of graduate students and faculty. 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.

Course Dates

The Big Data Boot Camp will be held Monday, July 21, to Friday, July 25, 2014. Classes will begin daily at 8:30 am and adjourn at or before 5:30 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

Monday July 21 - Introduction & Foundation to the Era of Big Data

  • Meet & Greet--All Participants
  • Program Overview--Dr. Patricia A. Grady, NIH NINR
  • Introduction to Big Data--Dr. Jay Liebowitz, University of Maryland UC
  • Big Data in Healthcare--Dr. Bonnie Westra, University of Minnesota
  • Big Data in Nursing Research--Dr. Patricia Brennan, University of Wisconsin
  • Nursing Informatics--What's In It for Us?--Dr. Connie White Delaney, University of Minnesota
  • Medical Vocabularies--Dr. Jim Cimino, National Library of Medicine
  • Evidence-based Practice/Nursing Informatics--Dr. Suzanne Bakken, Columbia University

Tuesday July 22 - Clinical Practice: Big Data in Symptoms Research

  • Research Use of Clinical Data--Dr. Clement McDonald, NLM
  • Integrating Symptom Science with Big Data--Diane Reeves, MSN, NIH National Cancer Research
  • Healthcare Analytics and Patient Outcomes--Dr. Bonnie Westra, University of Minnesota
  • The Emerging Role of Nurse Informatics--Dr. Patricia Abbott, University of Michigan

Wednesday July 23 - Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Aspects in Data Use

  • Ethics in Healthcare Technology Management--Dr. Pablo Molina, Georgetown University
  • Health Databases & Clinical Decision Support--Jean Stanford, MS, Georgetown University
  • Management of Technology in Nursing--Dr. Beverly Magda, Kevin McDonald, Georgetown University
  • Regulatory Requirements--Dr. Jonathan Helgott, FDA
  • Legal Requirements--Johns Hopkins University
  • Healthcare Analytics Software: Getting Tangible Results--Jean Stanford, MS, Georgetown University

Thursday July 24 - Data Mining as a Tool for Research & Knowledge Development

  • Incidental Findings Related to WGS and Whole Exome Sequencing--Dr. Ann Cashion, NIH NINR
  • Hands-on Training with Genomics and Clinical Datasets

Friday July 25 - Bringing It All Together

  • Outcomes of Big Data--Dr. Sandra Mitchell, NIH NCI
  • Boot Camp Summary and Closing--Dr. Lyn Hardy, NIH NINR
  • Presentations and Panel Q&A: NINR, NHLBI, NCI, NHGRI, NLM


Big Data Boot Camp will be held on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD:

July 21-23: Building 10 (The Clinical Center)

July 24-25: Building 60 (The Cloisters)


Registration for Big Data Boot Camp will open on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, and close on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, or whenever the course is full. Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive an email confirmation from FAES. The email will contain a link to a ticket. Please print the ticket and bring it with you on the first day of Boot Camp (alternatively, you can add the ticket to Passport by opening the email on your Passport-enabled device).

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

Register Here


The NINR offers the following links to resources in the Bethesda NIH campus area to help participants plan their stay.

NIH Housing List

Area Hotels

Bethesda Campus Map

NIH Security Info

NIH Transportation Services (including campus shuttle)

Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (bus and subway)

Ride-On Map (local bus routes)

NIH Moving Guide

Bethesda Dining

Other Housing Lists
(phone contact 202-885-3370 or email

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