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Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health (D²4H)

The Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health (D²4H) aims to gather and curate massive, unique data resources and develop deep, frontier analytics to protect global public health while improving individual healthcare through precision medicine. The D²4H brings together a multi-disciplinary team of the world’s leading scientists to apply Artificial Intelligence and big data in ways that will transform our approaches to understanding and treating disease.

Spearheaded by The University of Hong Kong with support from world-renowned academic institutions nationally and internationally, the D²4H is keen to work with health authorities such as the World Health Organization and China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Through harnessing collaboration across multiple disciplines and sectors, the D²4H advances the frontiers of healthcare technology in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and beyond to produce ‘moonshots’ that will have tremendous healthcare benefits for global health.

The D²4H focuses on the following research activities:

  • Mitigation of vaccine hesitancy across various types of social media and networks, particularly in American, European and Chinese communities
  • Creation of next-generation virome-wide, immune-based technologies to detect infectious disease epidemics and understand their dynamics in the context of public health surveillance
  • Global influenza monitoring and prediction, with anticipatory modelling and post-hoc assessment of mitigation measures
  • Microbial metagenomics for pathogen discovery, phenomic correlation, drug and vaccine response prediction
  • AI-driven disease treatment outcome prediction
  • Pharmacovigilance at the population level
  • Cloud-accelerated analytics for clinical-omics data
  • Big-data-informed explainable predictive analytics for global health protection