Collaborations Across Universities

Making sense of big data for improved patient care: MD2K

Ohio State is a member of a 12-institution consortium, led by the University of Memphis, responsible for developing tools to make it easier to gather, analyze and interpret data generated by health sensors. Researchers within the National Institutes of Health funded National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) are designing novel, big data solutions capable of reliably quantifying and interpreting physical, biological, behavioral, social and environmental factors that contribute to hospital readmissions for two health care challenges with high mortality rates—congestive heart failure patients and relapse among people who have quit smoking. At Ohio State, William Abraham (cardiovascular medicine) is leading clinical studies of technologies developed for heart failure care and Emre Ertin (electrical and computer engineering) is designing the novel biosensors.

Participating institutions include: Cornell Tech; Georgia Institute of Technology; Northwestern University; Ohio State University; Rice University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; University of California, San Francisco; University of Massachusetts Amherst; University of Memphis; University of Michigan; and West Virginia University and Open mHealth (a non-profit organization).

Fighting drug abuse, promoting prevention

A new center established with $2 million in funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is helping college and community leaders develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies to address student alcohol and drug use. The Ohio State University Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) serves as the nation’s premier substance abuse prevention and recovery resource. In partnership with the nation’s colleges and universities, HECAOD promotes student success by providing data-driven solutions to alcohol and drug misuse and leads the national dialogue on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse and recovery. The center takes a four-tiered approach to servicing health care providers and students, folding services into the areas of education and training, research and evaluation, technical assistance and technology development. John Clapp (social work) is the center’s director.

Furthering research on strong field laser matter interactions

Louis DiMauro (physics) is leading a $12.5 million Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project to further research in strong field laser matter interactions at mid-infrared wavelengths. The researchers are addressing fundamental nonlinear ultra-fast physics, production of compact particle accelerators and mid-infrared laser technology. Collaborators include the University of Central Florida; University of Texas, Austin; University of Arizona; Louisiana State University; and Imperial College London. The MURI supports basic research in science and engineering areas intersecting more than one traditional discipline and advances defense research, accelerates technology transition and educates scientists and engineers in interdisciplinary areas important to national defense.

Studying the genetic basis of cardiomyopathy

The Dilated Cardiomyopathy Consortium, led by Ray Hershberger (human genetics), is studying the genetic basis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the most common cause for patients needing a heart transplant. The consortium, made up of researchers from 11 clinical sites, received a $12.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute. The researchers will conduct cardiovascular phenotyping of 1,300 people with DCM and their 5,200 family members from across the U.S. The team will determine the frequency of a familial link to DCM in patients of European and African ancestry and Hispanic ethnicity. The end result: transforming understanding of DCM to lay the groundwork for precision medicine in DCM.