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New partnership finds strength in numbers

Emory will be a health care research partner in the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub), directed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina’s Renaissance Computing Institute. The South BD Hub is part of the National Science Foundation’s four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs announced in November.

The new initiative aims to build innovative public-private partnerships that address regional challenges through big data analysis. Each of the NSF BD Hubs will engage businesses and research organizations in their region to develop common big data goals that would be impossible for individual members to achieve alone, and develop projects based on regional priorities.

“The technologies proposed for the South BD Hub should further enhance ongoing research collaborations, lead to major advances in biology and biomedical research, and improve access and efficiency of health care delivery in the Southeast,” says Michael Zwick, assistant vice president for research in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, who will represent Emory on the South BD Hub Steering Committee. 

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