Big Data Health Science Center

Part of the University of South Carolina Excellence Initiatives, 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

2021 Pilot Project RFP Released

The BDHSC is seeking proposals for the conduct and uptake of pilot research projects focusing on the Big Data analytics in addressing critical issues related to health behavior, healthcare, and population health. The purpose of this RFP is to invite pilot project applications on the utilization of Big Data analytics in health-related research.

Upcoming Seminar: BDHSC Pilot Project Showcase

Join us for a virtual seminar showcasing 3 recipients of the 2020 BDHSC Pilot Project Awards and get details about the 2021 Request for Proposals. This free seminar will be held via Zoom from 11-12 on January 27th.  

Registration for Big Data Health Science Case Competition 2021 is Now Open!

The 2nd Annual Big Data Health Science Case Competition will be held virtually between January 29– 31, 2021 before the University of South Carolina’s National Big Data Health Science Conference, scheduled for February 5– 6, 2021. This year’s challenge will focus on solving the inappropriate use of healthcare using a data analytics approach. Each participating team will analyze the case and datasets. 

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.

The University of South Carolina Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) is pleased to announce its 2021 Big Data Health Science Conference. Highlights of the virtual conference include keynote and panel speakers from diverse areas of the health sciences, government, and academia. Our decision to move the conference to a virtual format means attendees will have the ability to attend poster sessions, networking events, and breakout sessions in areas of electronic health records, geospatial, social media, genomics, and bionanomaterial research from the safety and comfort of their homes.

Keynote Speakers

Robert L. Caslen Jr.

President, University of South Carolina
Robert L. Caslen Jr. will deliver the Welcome and Opening Remarks.

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

Dean, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Dean Chandler will chair the Opening Session and announce the winners of Student Big Data Case Competition.

Stephen J. Culter, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina
Dean Culter will deliver the Closing Remarks.

Sean Young, Ph.D., M.S.

The Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology, the Center for Digital Behavior

Cui Tao, Ph.D.

Professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dolores Albarracin, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Business, and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

Bankole Olatosi, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., FACHE

Program Director for the MHA program in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Sultan Haider

Head of Innovation Think Tank, Siemens Healthineers; Program Director and Adjunct Professor at Innovation Think Tank Lab at University of South Carolina

Wenbin Lu, Ph.D.

Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University

Steve Bennett, Ph.D.

Director, Global Government Practice, SAS

Hugh Welch

Management Analyst
Office of the Director, Columbia VA HCS

Recent & Upcoming Events

Seminar: BDHSC Pilot Project Showcase, January 27, 2021

Join us for a virtual seminar showcasing 3 recipients of the 2020 BDHSC Pilot Project Awards and get details about the 2021 Request for Proposals. This free seminar will be held via Zoom from 11-12 on January 27th. 

Seminar: Using Social Media and Electronic Health Records Data to Address Behavioral Health Research Questions, December 16, 2020

Dr. Conway will present recent work on investigating behavioral health research questions using social media text (Twitter, Reddit) and electronic health record data, concentrating on broad areas of depression and substance abuse for our December seminar, “Using Social Media and Electronic Health Records Data to Address Behavioral Health Research Questions“. This seminar is free and will take place via Zoom from 11:00-12:30.

Workshop: Multivariate Spatial Data Analysis in GeoDa, October 29, 2020

Dr. Marynia Kolak, Assistant Director of Health Informatics and Senior Lecturer in GIScience at the Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicag, will lead a free workshop via Zoom. The workshop, “Multivariate Spatial Data Analysis in GeoDa” will take place from 10:00-11:30am.

Seminar: Quantifying Neighborhood-Level Social Determinants of Health and Risk Landscapes, October 28, 2020

Join Dr. Marynia Kolak, Assistant Director of Health Informatics and Senior Lecturer in GIScience at the Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago, for our October seminar, “Quantifying Neighborhood-Level Social Determinants of Health and Risk Landscapes”. This seminar is free and will take place via Zoom from 11:00-12:30.

Seminar: Novel Pattern Identification Methodologies for COVID-19 Medical Patient Data, August 26, 2020
Collaborative Data Conference with VA Health Care System and BDHSC, August 18, 2020
Seminar: 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