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Improving Health Outcomes | Carolina Data Science Now

May 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

On May 26 at 12 PM (EST), please join us for "Improving Health Outcomes". The event will feature three lightning talks by professors and researchers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic community, centered around how data science is used to prevent, address, and develop solutions for long-lasting health issues.

These talks will be followed by a guided panel, an opportunity for questions and answers with the speakers, and a discussion with the data science community at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Meet the Moderator

Department of Epidemiology

Professor Kari North is a genetic epidemiologist and Director of the CVD Genetic Epidemiology Computational Laboratory in the Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina. Dr. North is a recognized leader in research on health disparities in underrepresented populations, including those of American Indian, Hispanic and African American ancestry. She has more than 500 research publications and has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2003.


Our speakers for this month are as follows:

  • Chris Bizon

    Director of Analytics and Data Science, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC-CH

    Chris Bizon is the director of Analytics and Data Science. He leads a team that applies a range of analytical methods including machine learning, visual analytics, semantic web-based reasoning, and textual annotation across many domains. He joined RENCI in 2008 as a member of the informatics group, where he worked in the areas of high-throughput sequencing, genomic analysis, and clinical genomics. Prior to joining RENCI, he spent a decade in the private sector working as both a developer and a researcher in the areas of fluid dynamics simulations and the application of machine learning to drug discovery. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed numerical models of nonlinear phenomena including pattern formation in oscillated granular media.

  • Nabarun Dasgupta

    Senior Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Center; Innovation Fellow, Gillings School of Global Public Health

    Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is a scientist who studies drugs and infectious diseases. His passion is telling true stories about health, with numbers. Centered in epidemiology, his multidisciplinary approach draws on field research, large database analytics, laboratory investigations, randomized trials, and community-based interventions. Through his work he aims to amplify community and patient voices in public health.

    His scientific interests encompass two themes. Since 2002 he has done pioneering work in pain management, opioid overdose prevention, and addiction treatment. Second, he has deep expertise in infectious disease surveillance, including visual design of dashboards.

  • Naim Rashid

    Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics; Research Associate Professor, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Dr. Naim Rashid is an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics with a joint appointment at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. His methodological work spans several areas in genomics and statistics, addressing problems facing basic science, translational, and clinical researchers in cancer. Recent areas of research include precision medicine, multi-study replicability, epigenomics, cancer subtyping, and missing data problems in deep learning.

    Dr. Rashid also engages in collaborative studies at Lineberger, working with physicians and researchers on problems relating to genomics and clinical studies. He also aids in the design of cancer clinical trials at UNC and elsewhere, serving as trial statistician on a number of active protocols. As a member of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium Statistical Working Group, he develops and reviews novel clinical trials in breast cancer with oncologists nationwide.


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May 26, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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via Zoom