Hogan and UF Health collaborate with Pitt to develop data repository on infectious diseases

Dr. William HoganThe NIH originally launched the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) network in 2004 to help protect the nation from the threat of infectious diseases. The Pitt School of Medicine now will serve as the MIDAS Network Coordination Center, standardizing and uploading hundreds of existing infectious disease datasets into a central location to make it easier for researchers to share, find and use the data and software.

William Hogan, M.D., a professor in UF Health’s department of health outcomes and biomedical informatics, will serve as the site lead for the project at UF. Hogan and his team will oversee the automation and conversion of infectious disease datasets into the standardized format used by the MIDAS Digital Commons.

The UF team also will continue to develop ontologies about infectious diseases to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the MIDAS database as a research tool.

“Ontology has revolutionized modern data management, enabling computers to search for, process and interpret large amounts of data in increasingly sophisticated ways,” Hogan said.

For the past four years, Hogan has performed similar work as director of biomedical informatics at the UF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (UF CTSI) and the statewide OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. The OneFlorida Data Trust, developed in 2015 with a $7.9 million funding award from the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), now houses electronic health records representing some 15 million patients throughout Florida. Hogan has more than 18 years of experience in biomedical informatics, including 10 years as a director of biomedical informatics.

Key partners in the new MIDAS center are Wilbert Van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., of Pitt Public Health; Bruce Childers, Ph.D., of Pitt’s School of Computing and Information; Jeremy Espino, M.D., of Pitt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics; Kim Wong, Ph.D., of Pitt’s Center for Research Computing; Elizabeth Halloran, M.D., D.Sc., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; William Hogan, M.D., M.S., of the University of Florida; Lauren Ancel Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin; and Nick Reich, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This project is funded by National Institute of General Medical Sciences grant 1U24GM132013.

Read the Pitt press release here.