Focus on Health


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The objective of this focus area is to help advance data sharing, acquisition, integration, analysis and resulting insights in the pursuit of improved public health and health outcomes. This includes:

1. Enabling data sharing, acquisition and integration to develop knowledge and insight in the pursuit of improved health outcomes, including alternative health data sources such as environmental factors, social media and mobile health

2. Supporting the development and deployment of advanced analytics, including causal discovery and reasoning, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in biomedicine

3. Enabling data science collaborations in the support of precision medicine, including advanced decision support leveraging data to deliver customized and personalized knowledge, insight and recommendations


Current Projects

COVID Information Commons

Exposome Data Insight Pilot – coming soon!

COVID-19 Resources Page

NSF BD Spoke Award: Integration of Environmental Factors and Causal Reasoning Approaches for Large-Scale Observational Health Research

Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Workshop Series

Submit your project here


Relevant Open Datasets

Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) COVID in Boston Database

Additional Global COVID Datasets


Health Success Stories

COVID, Chocolate, and Collaboration: Researchers Discuss Their Work in February Webinar

During February’s COVID Information Commons (CIC) webinar, researchers, students, and non-profit leaders gathered to discuss and collaborate on research about COVID. The webinar featured talks from seven scientists from across the nation who shared insights on their NSF-funded research. Speakers included Naomi Senehi from Rice University, Nicola Sochacka from the University of Georgia, Timothy Oladunni […]

2021 Kicks off with New Insights by COVID-19 Researchers and the Undergraduate Student Paper Challenge

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, seven scientists from across the nation joined us as part of the ongoing COVID-19 Research Webinar series organized through the COVID Information Commons. During the event, each researcher shared their work, providing new insights regarding the global pandemic and revealed some of the unexpected implications brought on by the novel […]

COVID-19 researchers share insights at the November COVID Information Commons webinar.

This month’s Covid Information Commons (CIC) webinar brought together researchers, students and leaders in nonprofits. The CIC serves as a platform for researchers and scientists to share knowledge and collaborate on research about COVID. This month, the CIC project team announced the launch of a new feature at covidinfocommons.net: the NSF COVID Awards & PI […]

Researchers share new insights and opportunities for collaboration at October’s COVID Information Commons Webinar

Eight scientists spoke with an enthusiastic community at the second COVID-19 Research Webinar organized by the COVID Information Commons on October 16, 2020. Presenters who shared their latest research findings regarding the current pandemic included Rachel Wu (University of California-Riverside), Sara Rampazzi (University of Michigan), Sarah Bowman (Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute), Samantha Penta (University at […]

Researchers from NYU Tandon release 3-D data tracking human interactions outside of coronavirus hotspots

Study to set groundwork to build machine learning models that rapidly analyze how a virus spreads In April when New York City was under a strict lockdown, a team of 16 student researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering commenced a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant-funded project to observe potential […]

Researchers studying COVID-19 share insights at first COVID Information Commons Community webinar

“Your site and the ability to come together is marvelous. I thank you especially for thinking about this and bringing us together. People will be able to use your site as a proper, safe, true information source.”

Largest-ever cohort of U.S. twins fuels new BD Spoke study

Studying the causes of disease is essential to medical research. However, the discussion is sometimes framed, misleadingly, as ‘nature vs. nurture’—is your condition the result of your genetics or your environment? Generally, the answer is both. But to what degree? A new study in Nature Genetics explores this question for hundreds of diseases with a […]

Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Awarded $3.3 million to Create Solutions to Pressing Challenges in Health, Education and Data Sharing

Click here for a PDF version of this release. Click here for the press release from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced $3.3 million in grants to researchers affiliated with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. A common theme underlying the projects below is the need to address both […]