News – April 2016

Reagan-Udall Foundation Announces Big Data for Patients (BD4P) Collaboration with University of Maryland

BD4P logoApril 29, 2016: The Reagan-Udall Foundation (RUF) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and University of Maryland are pleased to announce a new collaboration for the Big Data for Patients (BD4P) program. Headed by Stephen Roth, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Educational Innovation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, a small team of education and instructional design experts will develop curriculum, structure, delivery and evaluation components for the BD4P advocate education program.

The ultimate goal of BD4P is to develop a community of patient advocates who are scientifically literate in the basic concepts of big data and can provide informed patient perspectives in health data initiatives. This program aims to encourage active patient participation and partnerships in health data research efforts. Big data in medicine is patient data; patients’ support and participation is needed to ensure it is used in patient-centered ways and yields the greatest benefit to patients themselves.

The UMD team will work with the BD4P Program Content workgroup and advisors to refine objectives, adapt content suggestions and recommend resources for a curriculum intended for a multiple-day pilot workshop later this year.

Interested members of the public will have an opportunity to provide input and comments on the program, including draft curriculum, at an upcoming BD4P Stakeholder meeting to be held June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Additional meeting information can be found here.

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About the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created by Congress to advance the mission of the FDA by advancing regulatory science and research. With the ultimate goal of improving public health, the Foundation provides a unique opportunity to bring all parties to the table (FDA, patient groups, academia, other government entities and industry) to work together in a transparent way to create exciting new regulatory science.

About Stephen Roth, Ph.D.

Dr. Roth is a professor at the University of Maryland, currently serving as the Associate Dean for Educational Innovation at the School of Public Health. He is the former director of UMD’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, where he directed a team of instructional design and pedagogy experts serving the community of campus instructors. He has overseen curriculum development of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates, and has directly participated in and overseen the development of face-to-face, blended and online courses. Dr. Roth, recipient of UMD’s 2015 Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies award, also has experience with program evaluation, including assessment of learning outcomes and program impact.