Big Data

For Better Hearts

BigData@Heart

Work packages

BigData@Heart consists of 7 work packages that will investigate and realise the tools and methodologies necessary to leverage the value of big data approaches for cardiovascular disease.

Work package 1

Project management


WP1 will address the overall project management to ensure progress of the project towards its planned objectives.

Work package 2

Disease understanding and outcomes definition


The objective of WP2 is to set a solid basis for developing standardized, operational definitions for HF, AF and ACS, including patient-relevant outcomes, and develop reliable sub-phenotyping and inform new taxonomies of HF, AF and ACS based on better understanding of underlying disease processes. These definitions and outcomes will be used in diverse clinical practice and data settings.

Work package 3

Data sources (mapping, selecting and curating existing data)


The ultimate goal of WP3 is to create a beyond-the-state-of-the art, open-acess informatics platform that will bridge the available knowledge on AF, ACS and HF, related comorbidities and current/emerging risk factors from observational and experimental studies.

Work package 4

Enrichment with Omics


The overarching goal of WP4 is to improve disease definitions and to further sub-phenotype CVDs into molecularly well-defined and well- characterised subgroups.

Work package 5

Data analysis


The overaching goal of WP5 is to provide and implement a toolkit of basic and cutting edge analytical methods to achieve objectives described for studies of ACS, AF and HF, with a particular focus on phenotypes underpinning research and innovation, insights from real-world evidence and patient-centred outcomes, and therapeutic target identification and prioritisation.

Work package 6

Communications of results and guidance documents (dissemination and exploitation)


The objective of this WP6 is to ensure broad dissemination of the BigData@Heart project results and to further exploit the project results and make them available to all the relevant stakeholders (e.g. patient organisations, regulatory agencies, healthcare providers, CVD researchers, industry, healthcare payers and policy makers).

Work package 7

Ethics legal and data privacy (governance, ethical and legal aspects)


As the BigData@Heart will incorporate data from a large number of studies, the objective of WP7 is to deal with all the relevant ethical and legal issues in order to establish a sustainable governance for the data infrastructure during the project and beyond.

WP1 project leaders

  • Rick Grobbee, UMC Utrecht
  • Stefan Anker, Charité
  • Gunnar Brobert, Bayer
  • Maureen Cronin, Vifor Pharma

WP2 project leaders

  • Stefan Anker, Charité
  • Zofia Das-Gupta, ICHOM
  • Anders Gabrielsen, Novartis
  • Tomasz Dyszynski, Bayer

WP3 project leaders

  • Nikos Maniadakis, ESC
  • Richard Dobson, University College London
  • Frederico Calado, Novartis
  • Kiliana Suzart-Woischnik, Bayer

WP4 project leaders

  • Hary Hemingway, University College London 
  • Aldo Maggioni, ESC 
  • Steve Williams, SomaLogic
  • Benoit Tyl, Servier

WP5 project leaders

  • John Danesh, University of Cambridge
  • Rick Grobbee, UMC Utrecht
  • Christoph Gerlinger, Bayer
  • Fabrice Couvelard, Servier

WP6 project leaders

  • Panos Vardas, ESC
  • Susanne Løgstrup, EHN
  • Maureen Cronin, Vifor Pharma

WP7 project leaders

  • Hans van Delden, UMC Utrecht
  • Ghislaine van Thiel, UMC Utrecht
  • John Butler, Bayer