Big Data Health
Science Center

A University of South Carolina Excellence Initiative, the 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

Save the Date National Big Data Health Science Conference 2023

We are pleased to announce its 2023 Big Data Health Science Conference which will be held on February 10-11, 2023 at Pastides Alumni Center, Columbia SC. So please save these dates for the 2023 National Big Data Health Science Conference! The theme for the 2023 Conference is Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health – Translating Data Science into Program Development and Implementation. Highlights of the virtual conference include keynote and panel speakers from diverse areas of the health sciences, government, and academia.

BDHSC Pilot Project Program 2022 Recipients

The BDHSC continues to encourage research collaboration that leverages existing data to address critical issues related to health behavior, clinical care, healthcare delivery, and population health. The purpose of the BDHSC Pilot Project Program is to stimulate and promote interdisciplinary research in Big Data health sciences by supporting meritorious applications that utilize existing data sources in order to address critical issues related to health behavior, patient care, healthcare delivery, and population health. In its third year, the BDHSC awarded nearly $250,000 to 10 investigators from across the UofSC system.

Meet R25 Big Data Health Science Fellow Program 2022 Recipients

The NIAID-funded R25AI164581-01 (R25) Big Data Health Science Fellow Program is designed to provide salary support for UofSC health science junior faculty to participate in a training program that will equip them with the tools to apply innovative Big Data Science research in NIAID focus areas of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. In the second year of the R25 grant, 4 junior faculty will receive training to conduct Big Data Science research using vast amounts of data that address critical issues related to health behavior, clinical care, healthcare delivery, and population health.

Registration for 2022 Conference Open

Registration for the 3rd annual National Big Data Health Science Conference is now open. The theme of the conference, which will take place February 11-12, 2022, is “Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health: Developing an Interdisciplinary Response for Health Equity”. Both in-person and virtual options for attendance are available. This conference will bring together leaders from academia, government, industry, and healthcare systems to focus on and forge new discussions about the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in Big Data applications and advancements in the health sciences.

Call for Abstract Submissions: Big Data Health Science Conference 2022

The 3rd Annual National Big Data Health Science Conference will be held in Columbia, SC (virtual option available) on Feb 11-12, 2022. We are seeking research and program-based abstract submissions in the areas of AI, COVID-19, EHR, social media, genomics, and geospatial data, among others. Students are encouraged to submit poster presentation abstracts. The deadline for submission is Nov 1, 2021. Visit for more info.

UofSC BDHSC wins NIH Award to Launch R25 Big Data Fellowship Program

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $1.75 million to the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center to train junior faculty to conduct infectious disease research using vast amounts of data. Through the Big Data Health Science Fellow program, the Center will provide training, mentorship and 25 percent salary support to five, one-year cohorts of early-career researchers from across the university.

Recent & Upcoming Events

Big Data Health Science Center Annual Retreat

September 30, 2022

NIMH Division of AIDS Research Funding Opportunities and Priorities in Data Science

September 28, 2022

An Overview of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry

August 26, 2022

Deadline for 2022 Pilot Project Submissions

April 15, 2022

Studying Substance use From Social Media Using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Methods

March 23, 2022

Deadline for R25 Fellow Applications

March 14, 2022

Keynote Speakers

G. Thomas Chandler, Ph.D., M.Sc

Dean, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Stephen J. Culter, Ph.D.

Interim Provost, University of South Carolina

Susan Gregurick, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health

Hao Helen Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona 


Sergio Baranzini, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Fransisco 

Holly Gaff, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University


Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University and Chief Science Officer, Prisma Health-Upstate 


Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Ph.D.

Vice President for Industry Relations & Dean, College of Engineering, Anderson University

Linda Bell, M.D.

SC State Epidemiologist & Director, Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, DHEC

Wilbert van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D

Director, NIAID Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies 

COVID 19 Response

The UofSC BDHSC has responded quickly to create a comprehensive response in the fight against COVID-19. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BDHSC has achieved notable results at coordinating existing research efforts and integrating dozens of fields of expertise to find solutions. To date, approximately 25 BDHSC faculty members is working on 19 different research projects. These projects are aiming to provide the framework and resources such as a state-wide data-driven system to fight COVID-19 in South Carolina, the use of social media data to help predict future pandemics and so on.

The scopes of the projects range from investigating the different ways that COVID-19 impacts people; making better predictions of COVID-19; designing telehealth services and technology innovations for the future; and engaging cutting-edge methods through artificial intelligence, data science, computational methods and statistical modeling.

NIH Grant to Develop Data-driven Strategies in Fighting COVID-19

This two-year grant will support the team’s efforts to develop a database system via REDCap and a mobile application for collating surveillance, clinical, multi-omics and geospatial data on both COVID-19 patients and health workers treating COVID-19 patients in South Carolina.

NSF Award for “Monitoring the Spatial Spread of COVID-19 through the Lens of Human Movement using Big Social Media 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.

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.