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

Now Accepting Pilot Project Submissions

The BDHSC Pilot Project Program aims to encourage research collaboration on campus that will leverage existing data to address critical issues related to health behavior, clinical care, healthcare delivery, and population health. In its two years, nearly $750,000 has been awarded to 20 faculty across the UofSC system. BDHSC is now accepting proposals for its 2022 program. Proposals due April 15, 2022 by 5:00pm.

R25 Big Data Health Science Fellow Program Accepting Applications

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. BDHSC is now accepting applications for its 2022-2023 cohort. Applications due March 14, 2022 by 5:00pm.

BDHSC Hosted Third Annual Big Data Health Science Conference

The Big Data Health Science Conference is a signature annual event of the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC). The third annual Big Data Health Science Conference was held virtually February 11-12, 2022. The theme of the conference was “Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health: Developing an Interdisciplinary Response for Health Equity”. Next year’s conference will take place from February 10-11, 2023.

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

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

3rd Annual National Big Data Health Science Conference

February 11-12, 2022

Disparities in radon testing & the role of black residential segregation: A longitudinal study in an urban environment

January 26, 2022

Cytotoxic T-Cells: Nature's Assassins or Something More?

December 15, 2021

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.