Focus on Health


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

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

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July 2021
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NIH RFI: Use of Common Data Elements (CDEs) in NIH-funded COVID-19 research (Respond by May 10)

Bias, Ethics, Equity – Mitigating Decision Biases of Marginalized Populations with Algorithm Assessments

Data Integration – Big Data Integration to Better Health for All of Us

Spatial Data – Harnessing Geospatial Data for Environmental Public Health Protection

Machine Learning – Implementing Machine Learning Algorithms to Improve Cancer Surveillance Data

Search Algorithms – Architecting Search Across Petabyte-Scale Genomic Sequence

Modeling – Bringing Hope to Untreatable Rare Diseases through Data Science

Data Harmonization and Analytics- Innovative Solutions for Data Harmonization, Mobile Analytics, and End-User Support

Data Strategy – Amplifying and Sustaining the Impact of Childhood Cancer, Structural Birth Defect, and Down Syndrome Data

Data Strategy – Shifting the Paradigm of Heart Failure Research with Advanced Analytics

Relevant Open Datasets

Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) COVID in Boston Database

Additional Global COVID Datasets

Success Stories

Protected: Covid Information Commons: Lightning Talks (June 2021)

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Covid Information Commons: Lightning Talks (May 2021)

Watch the full webinar here. On Wednesday, May 19 2021, five researchers studying wide-ranging aspects of the current pandemic came together as a part of the ongoing COVID-19 Research Webinar series organized through the COVID Information Commons, to share their research and answer questions from our community. This month’s event featured speakers Dr. Alka Sapat […]

Chocolate to Reduce COVID Spread? 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 […]