$317,000 grant helps launch ‘desperately’ needed data science training program

A $317,955 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to the University of Hawaii in Mānoa will help launch a Hawaii data science training program based at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABOM). The grant is part of JABOMit is NIH-funded Ola HAWAII – Health and well-being achieved by impacting inequalities in Hawaii, a designated research center for minority institutions (IMCR) specialized center. It will allow the uh medical school to deliver lectures, seminars, bootcamps and workshops to IMCR trainers, investigators, students and community partners.

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Youping Deng

Youping Deng, director of the Central Bioinformatics Platform at JABOM, leads a team of data scientists who will provide training in biomedical data science for IMCR researchers and Hawaii establishments. IMCR supports specialized research centers, such as Ola Hawaii, at institutions that offer doctoral degrees in health professions or health-related sciences and that have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students.

“There is no doubt that biomedical science has become a data-intensive science,” Deng said. “Over the past decade, we have seen the rise of new biomedical technologies [as they] generate massive amounts of bio-data. This big data includes various types of omics data, electronic health record data, petabytes of imagery, and more.

Deng said providing data science skills training was essential to IMCR investigators. “Since we are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it is difficult for Hawaii-health disparities investigators travel to the we continent to receive structured training in data science and analytical support focused on projects and interactive training. Hawaii investigators desperately need local data science trainers.

The core bioinformatics team will mainly focus on data science skills of different types of “omics”, including high-throughput next-generation sequencing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning skills using real data biomedical. They will also offer credit courses related to data science to IMCR students and scientists.

In addition to training IMCR researchers and their collaborators in structured programs, the Bioinformatics Core Team will also provide one-on-one data science training to researchers managing large health and biological datasets to foster collaborations between researchers on health disparities. healthcare and our data science experts.

Learn more about the JABOM website.

This grant is an example of uh Mānoa’s goals of Research Excellence: Advancing the Enterprise of Research and Creative Work (PDF) and Improve student success (PDF), two of the four objectives defined in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

Ryan H. Bowman