DCRI faculty to receive inaugural health data science awards

July 30, 2018 – The awards are part of Duke’s larger health data sciences initiative.

Two DCRI faculty members are among the recipients of the first Chair’s Pilot Project Grants in Health Data Science. The awards, announced this week by Duke’s Department of Medicine, are intended to grow the department’s involvement in health data science and support research to improve the quality of care for patients at Duke Health. The awards are also part of Duke’s larger health data sciences initiative led by Duke Forge.

Priority is given to projects that use data from Duke University Health System and are focused on improving patient outcomes at Duke Health. The awards will fund one year of research, with the opportunity for an additional year of funding.

The DCRI’s Ann Marie Navar, MD, PhD, co-chairs the department’s health data science effort.

The recipients of the awards are:

  • Sreekanth Vemulapalli, MD, assistant professor of medicine, for a project entitled “Machine Learning for Improved Identification of Rare and Common Cardiovascular Diseases”
  • Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, for a project entitled “A Health Data Science Approach to Personalized Obesity Management”