Utah Population Database: Big Data to Understand Health & Disease
Utah Population Database (UPDB) is a national resource proven to speed discovery of genetic causes of disease, and targeted tests and treatments. Housed at Huntsman Cancer Institute, UPDB is the largest database of its kind in the world, linking millions of people in multi-generational pedigrees to medical, public health, and environmental exposure records. With an additional 90 million records recently supplied by the Genealogical Society of Utah, the UPDB is expanding to include individuals living outside Utah.
Multi-generational pedigrees are the foundation of UPDB, helping scientists at the Center for Genomic Medicine and from around the world zero in on genetic causes of disease. The large-scale population data housed within the UPDB also reveals environmental contributors to health and enables the recruitment of selected cohorts for effective research studies. UPDB supports approximately 400 research projects.