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Big Data Centre for Environment and Health

BERTHA – the Danish Big Data Centre for Environment and Health address the challenges facing Big Data in biomedicine in never-before paralleled detail, focusing on individual level whole life course environmental and social exposures and health.

BERTHA researchers collect and create linkage between multiple data sources as the unique historical population registers and medical records in Denmark, biomarker assessments, environmental exposure modelling and assessments, personalized sensors and social media to reveal patterns, trends, and associations.

The mission of BERTHA partners and researchers is:

  • To gather, link and analyse large amounts of data from different data sources to be able to understand how different environmental conditions affect cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes, neurological diseases, allergies, mental health and well-being
  • To develop and expand mathematical models and tools to handle the necessary data sources
  • To increase the competencies of health and environmental researchers to understand and benefit from the Big Data revolution by creating a comprehensive and exceptional training package and program for PhD students, Post Docs and senior researchers
  • To create a strong national and international collaboration between researchers and partners focusing on the interplay between different environmental conditions, social impacts and human health.

BERTHA is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme.