Together, BCRF’s unparalleled global network of leading researchers and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a leader in supercomputing, provide a revolutionary combination of expertise.

BCRF—long a convener by design—is uniquely poised to launch the first Global Data Hub dedicated to breast cancer research. The Foundation’s unparalleled global network of leading researchers, deep experience coordinating international research consortia, and existing partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, a leader in supercomputing, is the ideal collection of expertise to build this centralized hub.

The computing power behind the BCRF Global Data Hub lies with Chief Research Informatics Officer Jonathan Silverstein, MD, and his team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As pioneers in data coordination and sharing, they have vast experience coupling clinical and biological repositories with cutting-edge, high-performance computing. The team already manages the AURORA U.S. data, and as a partner for the BCRF Data Hub, they designed and will manage the Hub’s overall technical approach, and they will coordinate data security to ensure the highest regulatory and data privacy standards.



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As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1998. In rankings released by the National Science Foundation, Pitt is in the upper echelon of all American universities in total federal science and engineering research and development support.

Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see