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Beyond the biological mechanisms of disease, social, environmental, behavioral, and psychological factors play a critical role in human health. These factors – that we collectively call the “sociome” – interact with human biology to cause or exacerbate disease and injuries and may disrupt wellness. But in contrast to genomic and clinical data, sociome factors have not been comprehensively collected, codified and quantified for the large-scale data mining and analysis techniques transforming modern healthcare.

This collaboration will build the scalable and extensible infrastructure and architecture that will ultimately assemble, quantify, and organize the entirety of social context experienced by every individual. Once catalogued, researchers can link this information to biologic and clinical data at individual and population scale to understand, predict, and treat health and health-related outcomes. A paradigm project will use this approach to build predictive models for children with asthma on the South Side of Chicago, hopefully leading to better immediate and long-term interventions to minimize disease severity.


Samuel L. Volchenboum

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Associate Chief Research Informatics Officer, UChicago Medicine

Ellen Cohen

Executive Director, Center for Health and Social Sciences

Stacy Lindau

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine-Geriatrics, UChicago Medicine

David Meltzer

Fanny L. Pritzker Professor of Medicine, UChicago Medicine

Doriane Miller

Associate Professor of Medicine, UChicago Medicine

Lainie Ross

Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics, UChicago Medicine

Julian Solway

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UChicago Medicine

Dana Suskind

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, UChicago Medicine

Luc Anselin

Director, Center for Spatial Data Science

Kathleen Cagney

Professor of Sociology, UChicago

Sanjay Krishnan

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Pedro Lopes

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Anoop Mayampurath

Lecturer, Masters Program in Computer Science, UChicago

Jonathan Ozik

Computational Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory