Big Data Health Science Center

Part of the University of South Carolina Excellence Initiative, UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) serves as a campus-wide interdisciplinary enterprise that conducts cutting-edge research and discovery, offers professional development and academic training, and provides service to the community and industry.

Recent News

Call for Abstract Submissions, National Big Data Health Science Virtual Conference

We are seeking abstract submissions responsive to the conference theme “Unlocking The Power of Big Data in Health – Bring Innovation into Improved Care and Prevention”. Presentation options include: plenary session presentations, breakout presentations, and virtual poster presentations. Deadline for abstract submissions is September 30th, 2020. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, or for more information, please visit the 2021 conference website at

UofSC BDHSC investigators receive $1.25million NIH grant to develop data-driven strategies in fighting COVID-19

Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi, co-principal investigators of the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center, have been awarded a $1,252,550 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a state-wide data-driven system to fight COVID-19 in South Carolina.

2021 UofSC Big Data Health Science Conference

The University of South Carolina Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) is pleased to announce its 2021 Big Data Health Science Conference which will be held virtually on February 5-6, 2021. The theme for the 2021 Conference is Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health – Bringing Innovation into Improved Care and Prevention. 

BDHSC Members Receive NSF Award for COVID-19 Research Using Twitter Data

Three members of the BDHSC have been awarded $108,717 by the National Science Foundation for their project titled “Monitoring the Spatial Spread of COVID-19 through the Lens of Human Movement using Big Social Media Data.”

BDHSC Faculty Awarded Internal COVID-19 Research Grants

The UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced the recipients of its special internal funding initiative to support COVID-19 research and scholarship. BDHSC is pleased to announce that of the 42 projects funded, BDHSC faculty serve as PI for 10 projects and Co-I for 7 different projects.

Geospatial Core Lead Dr. Jan Eberth Awarded Outstanding Researcher Award by National Rural Health Association

BDHSC’s Geospatial Core Lead Dr. Jan Eberth was recently awarded the 2020 Outstanding Researcher Award by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).


Leveraging the Science of Where for COVID-19 Response and Recovery, June 23, 2020
Big Data Analytics Workshop on Statistical and Machine Learning of Challenging Neuroimaging Datasets, May 1, 2020
BDHSC Live Lecture: Big Data in the Time of COVID-19, April 24, 2020
“Bayesian Regression for Group Testing Data”, Joshua Tebbs, Professor of Statistics,University of South Carolina, February 26, 2020
UofSC National Big Data Health Science Conference, February 9 – 11, 2020

The University of South Carolina’s National Big Data Health Science Conference is a signature annual event of the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC). The theme for the 2020 Conference will be Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health – Partnerships among Industry, Government, and Academia.

UofSC National Big Data Health Science Conference, Case Competition 2020, February 7 - 9, 2020

The Big Data Health Science Case Competition is intended to provide enthusiastic teams of graduate and senior undergraduate students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to the analysis of big datasets in healthcare.

“Leveraging Social Media Technology to Improve Health and Emotional Well-being” Seminar, Dr. Patricia A. Cavazos, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, January 29, 2020
“Utilizing Big Data for Drug Discovery (Repurposing) to Improve Patient and Disease Outcomes” Seminar, Dr. Scott Sutton, University of South Carolina, September 25, 2019
“Integrating Multi-Modal Biobehavioral Data to Treat Substance Use Disorders” Seminar Dr. Brett Froeliger, Medical University of South Carolina, October 30, 2019

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