In his role as Deputy Director of Research at the Estonian Biobank, Esko places a significant emphasis on the value of collaboration and best-practice exchange. “I’m looking at how to use the data from a scientific standpoint, while also looking at how to create collaborations with different partners that will allow us to make data available in a form that will be useful for others, including industry partners, for their development.”
The upcoming EMIF conference will offer the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn how others are handling the challenges posed by big data. There are already success stories in Europe: Esko highlights Denmark as standing out in its work in electronic health records. While there are positive examples of how people have come together in gathering and analysing data, many current initiatives face similar challenges in technical and practical implementation, Esko believes.
“I’m very interested in the upcoming discussions in Budapest to learn how EMIF is approaching some of the challenges we see, which are undoubtedly a problem at a European scale, as well as at national scale,” says Esko.
About Tõnu Esko
Dr Tõnu Esko, PhD, is Deputy Director of Research, Estonian Biobank, Estonian Genome Center, at the University of Tartu. He is also a visiting Researcher, Boston Children’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School; Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
More about the Estonian Biobank: http://www.geenivaramu.ee/en