Big data at JHU takes many forms. We at IDIES are delighted to congratulate The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) for receiving sizable charitable gifts totaling $1.7 million from the David and June Trone Family Foundation to support the The Very Large Database of Lipids (VLDL) project.
The VLDL Project, led by IDIES Affiliates Steven Jones and Seth Martin, is an ongoing project that enables researchers to study lipid disorders and diseases through the analysis of the VLDL database. The VLDL database includes information about over 5 million people, rendering it useful in analysis of lipid diseases and disorders of the general population. Yet because of its size the database also enables researchers to study lipid-related diseases that are so rare they affect less than 0.0001% of the population.
The VLDL team’s work has had a far-reaching impact on everyday medicine. Dr. Jones, Dr. Martin, and the VLDL team have have used VLDL data to publish studies relating cholesterol, triglyceride, and lipoprotein with respect to an individual’s cardiovascular risk. Drs. Jones and Martin are now working to enhance the VLDL database and expand its capabilities.