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The AHEAD Institute

The Advanced HEAlth Data (AHEAD) Institute at Saint Louis University School of Medicine conducts data-driven research to improve the health of individuals and populations.

The institute unites SLU researchers from various fields and disciplines to improve patient and population health, advance health care quality and decrease health care costs. Through collaborations with national research networks, the institute utilizes and develops data resources, novel analytic methods, predictive modeling, machine learning, and integrated, wearable health devices. To utilize our data and research support services, please complete a service request.


The AHEAD Institute underscores the University’s commitment to addressing public health issues and improving patient health outcomes — especially those that disproportionally affect poor and underserved communities — in alignment with the University’s Jesuit mission. To achieve this commitment, the AHEAD Institute relies on health care data for its truly remarkable potential to enhance physician efficiency and improve patient outcomes. The AHEAD Institute specializes in creative and responsive solutions for scientific problems faced by academic, industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

The AHEAD team comprises faculty, researchers, staff and doctoral students who are experts in statistics, medicine, public health, economics, program evaluation and research methodology. Our blend of academic rigor and personalized service yields actionable results.

The research conducted at the AHEAD Institute spans various disciplines and topics, including epidemiology, public health, economics, geospatial intelligence, health services management and health outcomes.

AHEAD Director of Applied Research assists faculty


From Big Idea to Biostatistics Core  

Saint Louis University’s AHEAD Institute originates from the internal Big Ideas competition, designed to uplift University-wide strategic research priorities. SLU’s ability to invest in research was greatly enhanced in 2018 when Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield made a historic $50 million gift to accelerate research growth at the University and establish the SLU Research Institute. The AHEAD Institute is among the projects supported by the SLU Research Institute.

Since then, the AHEAD Institute has expanded to provide data and research support services across the St. Louis region. In 2023, the Saint Louis University School of Medicine designated the institute as the biostatistics core. Today, the institute offers expert guidance in study design and data collection while expanding its team and extending research endeavors across various fields.

Previous Monthly Newsletters

Our AHEAD monthly newsletter is dedicated to informing you about the latest developments, achievements and upcoming events within the institute. Our mission to stay connected and share our successes is our priority, and this newsletter gives us the opportunity to engage with valued faculty, staff, researchers, and students like you. To contribute events and announcements to future newsletters, email

May 2024 AHEAD Newsletter

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January 2024 AHEAD Newsletter

December 2023 AHEAD Newsletter

November 2023 AHEAD Newsletter