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What can we learn from animals to help humans and vice versa? Working together across species and organizations to improve human and animal health will help enhance research and, ultimately, improve the lives of all species.

1Data is the result of a unique partnership formed between Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which leverages the strengths of our region to develop a platform to share human and animal health research data. Other organizations also are part of this effort, including Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Kansas Medical Center, Cerner, Aratana, MRIGlobal, KCALSI, St. Luke's Health System and many others. 

The platform can be used by researchers, industry, health providers and community organizations to impact the drugs and technology available to help save lives and improve quality of life. 1Data allows for mining of shared data that can:

  • Accelerate the development of human and animal drugs
  • Enhance the regulatory approval process
  • Decrease the use of animal testing

The 1Data initiative will enable the use of incomplete or "messy" data that is available, but not in a format that is currently useful for research. The framework will develop a clearinghouse for the collection and integration of multiple databases to develop the next generation of approaches from experimental, theoretical and computational perspectives. 

Ultimately, the new knowledge gained will benefit organizations, companies, research hospitals and universities — and, most importantly, enhance the lives of humans and animals. 

Updates and Milestones


• Master data sharing agreements were finalized. The agreement allows companies to contribute the data they choose to the 1Data platform. Companies submitting data can access the data sharing platform to plug data into the computational models and tap into the terabytes of genomic and proteomic human, companion and food animal information from major genomic databases across the world. 

• Aratana Therapeutics contributed historical clinical companion animal data to the 1Data platform as part of the master data sharing agreement.  



June 1 - Dec. 31, 2018

• One graduate student and two postdoctral fellows joined the 1Data team. New members are:

  • Hossein Amini, doctoral student in industrial engineering, Kansas State University

  • Heman Shakeri, postdoctoral fellow in electrical and computer engineering, Kansas State University

  • Jessica Kawakami, postdoctoral fellow, Wyckoff Lab, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Jan. 1 - May 31, 2018

• Gerald Wyckoff was appointed as the director for 1Data on Jan. 1, 2018. An agreement was developed with UMKC and K-State to allow 40 percent of his time to be allocated to 1Data. He is at the K-State Olathe campus on Mondays and Wednesdays and at other times as needed.

• Two graduate students have been hired.

  • Reza Mazloom, master's student in computer science, is working at K-State’s Manhattan campus with Majid Jaberi-Douraki, assistant professor of mathematics at the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine. 

  • Josh Staley, master’s student in veterinary biomedical sciences, is working with Gerald Wyckoff at K-State Olathe.

• The 1Data system is on a server at K-State's Manhattan campus and was completed in March 2018. The system is now being populated with data, being standardized and tested with several projects.

• Data agreements are being developed for seven companies that have agreed to provide data, API access or collaborative development to the project. Additionally, conversations about data sharing and future project development are moving forward with half a dozen more companies and organizations. 

• Projects have begun on post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and service dogs, rare diseases, diabetes and analysis of FARAD data. The project summaries above provide more detailed information about each project.

 Partner Organizations:



To learn more about 1Data, its benefits and opportunities to collaborate, please contact:

Debbie Kirchhoff
K-State Olathe

Gerald Wyckoff, Ph.D.

Majid Jaberi-Douraki