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

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BDHSC Geospatial Core Accepting Applications for GIS Scholars Program

The Big Data Health Science Center’s Geospatial Core is pleased to announce the inaugural Health Geographic Information Science (GIS) Scholars Program. This program is being launched to recognize and support two outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated interest, potential, and/or experience in GIS and health research. The deadline to submit an application is November 20, 2020.

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Columbia VA Health Care System and BDHSC Hold Collaborative Data Conference

As a show of their dedication to future and ongoing collaboration with one another, the Columbia VA Health Care System, and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) held a Collaborative Data Conference on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. 

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UofSC Faculty Receive Nearly $500,000 in Funding from BDHSC Pilot Project Program

The purpose of the 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.

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.

Recent & Upcoming Events

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.

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: 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
Seminar: Bayesian Regression for Group Testing Data, 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.

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