Conference Sessions

The 2021 conference will be held virtually from February 5 to 6

The conference will be composed of three major sessions:

Plenary Sessions

Selected presenters will provide keynote talks (45 minutes) associated with the conference theme: Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health – Being Innovation into Improved Care and Prevention.

Breakout Sessions

Presentations or workshops (25 minute each) will be assigned into parallel ‘virtual meeting rooms’ according to their topics. In general, each ‘virtual meeting room’ will focus on one of the following topics: Electronic Health Records, Social Media data, Genomic data, Geospatial data, Nano-biomaterial data, and COVID-19.

Virtual Poster Sessions

Accepted research posters will be presented  at their assigned time on the “virtual boards”.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Plenary Session | 9:00am – 12:00pm

9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Robert L. Caslen, UofSC President

G. Thomas Chandler, Dean UofSC Arnold School of Public Health

9:15am – 9:30am

Announcement of Students Case Competition Winning Teams

9:30am – 9:45am

Tea Break

9:45am – 10:30am

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Using Data Science to Address a Global Pandemic

Susan Gregurick (NIH)

10:30am – 11:15am

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Big Biomedical Data  Analysis Using Ontology and AI Technologies

Cui Tao (University of Texas)

11:15am – 12:00pm

Keynote Presentation:

Title: COVID-19 in South Carolina: Applying A Big Data Science Driven Approach

Bankole Olatosi (UofSC)

Breakout Sessions (Set 1) | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Electronic Health Records Core (1st Session)

The Promise of Big Data in Health Care: Improving Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes

Moderator: Jiajia Zhang (UofSC)

Presentation 1

Title: Leveraging Different Approaches in Big Data and Machine Learning to Conduct Infoveillance Studies for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Timothy Mackey (University of California)

Presentation 2

Title: Harnessing Network Medicine for Drug Repurposing in COVID-19

Feixiong Cheng (Case Western Reserve University and Genomic Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic)

Presentation 3

Title: Artificial intelligence-enabled rapid diagnosis of patients with COVID-19

Yang Yang (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Presentation 4

Title: Using Real World Data For Personalized Treatment Effects: Heterogeneity In The Benefits of Oral Antidiabetic Medications.

Jeffrey McCullough (University of Michigan)

Geospatial Core 

Health Geography and Infectious Diseases

Moderator: Jan Eberth (UofSC)

Presentation 1

Title: Understanding the G in Geospatial Analyses of the COVID-19 pandemic

Susan Cutter (UofSC)

Presentation 2

Title: Social determinants of health data in AIDSVu: A new public health data resource

Patrick Sullivan (Emory University)

Presentation 3

Title: Staying Connected while Social Distant: A Spatial Analysis of Broadband Access and Implications for Peri-Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Times

Whitney Zahnd (UofSC)

Presentation 4

Title: Monitoring the Spatial Spread of COVID-19 and Effectiveness of the Control Measures through Human Movement using Big Social Media Data

Zhenlong Li (UofSC)

Social Media Core

Mining Social Media Big Data for Health Applications

Moderator: Amir Karami (UofSC)

Presentation 1

Title: Challenges in Digital Epidemiology: Using Social Media Mining for Health Research

Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez (University of Pennsylvania)

Presentation 2

Title: Using Media Data for Monitoring and Prediction of Public Health Outcomes

Wei Wang (University of California, Los Angeles)

Genomic Core 

Moderator: Homayoun Valafar (UofSC)

Presentation 1

Title: Proximity-dependent Biotinylation to Study Host Shutoff Nonstructural Protein 1 of SARS Coronavirus 

Anita Nag (UofSC)

Presentation 2

Presentation by Dr. Ana Pocivavsek

Ana Pocivavsek (UofSC)

Presentation 3

Title: Transcriptomic Studies in Outbred Deer Mice

Hippokratis Kiaris (UofSC)

Presentation 4

Title: Applying msTALI to Active Site Identification Studies on SARS-Co-V-2

Devaun McFarland (UofSC)

Presentation 5

Title: Predicting Individual Outcomes of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Patients to Cardiac Re-Synchronization Therapy Using Artificial Intelligence

Brendan Odigwe (UofSC)

Breakout Sessions (Set 2) | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Electronic Health Records Core (2nd Session)

Challenges of Complex Analysis in EHR Data

Moderator: Peiyin Hung (UofSC)

Presentation 1

Title: Network-based Statistical Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data in Post-stroke Aphasia

Xingpei Zhao, Yuan Wang, Alexander C McLain, Roozbeh Behroozmand, Chris Rorden, Julius Fridriksson (UofSC)

Presentation 2

Title: Challenges in AI-infused Telehealth in the Post-Covid19 Era

Ugur Kursuncu, Manas Gaur, Kaushik Roy, Amit Sheth (UofSC)

Presentation 3

Title: Using behavior of wearable activity trackers and its relation with HbA1c among type 2 diabetes patients (T2DM)

Xinying Sun, Ying Shen (Peking University)

Presentation 4

Title: Emergence and Evolution of Big Data Analytics in HIV Research: Bibliometric Analysis of Federally Sponsored Studies in HIV 2000-2019

Chen Liang, Shan Qiao, Bankole Olatosi, Tianchu Lyu, Xiaoming Li (UofSC)

BDHSC 2021 Pilot Project Showcase

Moderator: Jan Eberth (UofSC)

Panel 1

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Title: Topological Network Analysis and Graph-Based Deep Learning of Multimodal MRI: An ENIGMA-Epilepsy Study

Yuan Wang (UofSC)

Title: Big Genomic Data Analysis to characterize TME-methylation-expression Regulatory Axis in Colorectal Tumors

Guoshuai Cai (UofSC)

Title: Utilization of Artificial Intelligence assisted data analytics to better predict progression of chronic kidney disease to end stage than currently available predictive markers

Homayoun Valafar (UofSC)

Panel 2

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Title: Evaluating a Technology EMR-Based Strategy to Intervene on Social Determinants of Health-Related Needs in a Large Health System

Caroline Rudisill (UofSC)

Title: Electronic health records to estimate effects of dental treatment on systemic health

Anwar Merchant (UofSC)

Title: Using Natural Language Processing to Generate Treatment Decision Themes from Clinical Encounter Notes for Patients with Shoulder Conditions

Benjamin Schooley (UofSC)

SC RFA Workshop 

Accessing Data Housed at SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

Moderator: Bankole Olatosi (UofSC)

Presenter 1

David Patterson (SC RFA)

Presenter 2

Dianne Davis (SC RFA)

Presenter 3

 Elizabeth Hall (SC RFA)

VHA Data Access Workshop

Epidemiologic Research using VA Big Data

Moderator: Homayoun Valafar (UofSC)

Presenter 1

Roy Mathew (Columbia VA HCS)

Presenter 2

Hugh Welch (Columbia VA HCS)

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Plenary Session | 9:00am – 12:00pm

9:00am – 10:15am

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Statistical and Machine Learning Methods for Optimal Treatment Regime Estimation and Inference

Wenbin Lu (North Carolina State University)

10:15am – 11:00am

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Integrating Big Data into Theory and Applications on Health-Behavioral Change

Dolores Albarracin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

11:00am – 11:15am

Tea Break

11:15am – 12:00pm

Keynote Presentation: 

Title: Operational Analytics in Veteran Healthcare

Hugh Welch (Columbia VA HCS)

Plenary Session | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Saving lives and livelihoods: data and analytics in the fight against COVID-19.

Steve Bennett (SAS)

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Reading between the tweets: using social data for predicting and changing public health behaviors

Sean Young (University of California)

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Tea Break

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Keynote Presentation:

Title: Elaboration of Disease Pathways to Drive Future Requirements for Healthcare Systems Using Innovation Think Tank

Sultan Haider (Siemens Healthineers)

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Closing Remarks

Stephen Cutler, Dean UofSC College of Pharmacy

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