Prizewinning performance by data analysis team

March 14, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Last week, a team that includes two general medicine faculty members claimed third prize in the New England Journal of Medicine's SPRINT Data Challenge — a competition that aimed to create new knowledge and tools from the raw data of a major clinical trial for hypertension. 

The team included Rodney Hayward, M.D., and Jeremy Sussman, M.D., M.Sc., as well as U-M engineering professor Brian Denton, Ph.D. and engineering doctoral student Lauren Steimle. It was led by Stanford University researcher Sanjay Basu, M.D., Ph.D. and also included biostatistician Joseph Rigdon, Ph.D. Hayward, Sussman and Denton are all members of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. 

Together, they created and validated a tool for clinicians to use in making decisions about intensive blood pressure treatment. Their project beat 140 others to claim the prize, which includes a chance to present their tool at a NEJM event on April 3. The winners were determined mainly by expert  judges, but crowdvoting results — which brought the team 128 votes — also counted. 

All the winners of the challenge will present at NEJM's Aligning Incentives for Sharing Clinical Trial Data summit and free web event on April 3–4. The presentations will be webcast for free at 1:45 on April 3; registration is required to view the webcast.