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Team led by Sanjay Basu wins third place in data analysis contest

The Stanford-led team used the data to develop and validate a clinical decision score that identifies patients likely to experience benefits when undergoing intensive blood pressure treatment.

Sanjay Basu

A team led by Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, has been awarded third place in contest designed to promote the sharing of clinical trial data.

Contestants used a data set to identify a new scientific or clinical finding. The data set was developed during the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, known as SPRINT, which compared intensive management to standard management of blood pressure.

The Massachusetts Medical Society sponsored the contest, called the SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge, which was held to promote the sharing and reuse of clinical trial data.

Basu’s team used the data to develop and validate a clinical decision score that identifies patients who are likely to experience benefits and unlikely to experience harms when undergoing intensive blood pressure treatment. The work could potentially reduce the chance of life-threatening side effects, such as kidney failure.

A first-, second- and third-place winner were selected from 143 entries based on which entry provided the most clinically useful information. Judging was done by a panel of experts and crowd-voting by the public.

The three winners will present their findings at a meeting in April.

Basu’s team included Joseph Rigdon, PhD, a Stanford engineering research associate, and researchers from the University of Michigan.

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