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Event: Postponed: Opioid Data Visualizations in Support of Precision Health

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Data Science Invited Talk Series

Friday, Apr 24th 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Luddy Hall, Rm. 1106

Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and with the health and safety of guests in mind, this event has been postponed. For more details, visit:

Topic:  Opioid Data Visualizations in Support of Precision Health

Abstract:  This talk will present data and visual analytics results from two projects funded by IU’s Addiction Grand Challenge initiative. The first project aggregated overdose death records with several other data, such as health, justice-related and emergency medical services run data for 2,331 individuals whole died in Marion County, IN, between 2010 and 2018. The data were linked individually for each person and then visualized along geographic, demographic and other dimensions. The second project examines the economic implications of the opioid epidemic for communities, specifically as it relates to (1) shortage of treatment-trained professionals and (2) reduction in the available labor pool, compromising economic growth and development. The results of both projects provide actionable evidence and data visualizations to policy decision makers, business research centers, and local recovery organizations regarding Indiana health but also labor and workforce policy.

About the Panel:  

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science in the Departments of Intelligent Systems Engineering and Information Science, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; core faculty of the Cognitive Science Program; and founding director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (—all at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Börner’s research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the formalization, measurement, and systematic improvement of people’s data visualization literacy; the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large-scale scientific collaboration and computation.

She is an AAAS, ACM, and Humboldt Research Fellow. Since 2005, she serves as a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit (

Dr. Kosali Simon joined O’Neill as a professor in 2010. In 2016 she was named a Herman B Wells Endowed Professor, becoming only the third recipient of this honor at Indiana University. In 2019 she was appointed Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for Health Sciences at IUB.

Simon is a nationally known health economist who specializes in applying economic analysis in the context of health insurance and health care policy. Her current research mainly focuses on the impact of health insurance reform on healthcare and labor market outcomes, and on the causes and consequences of the opioid crisis. She is also active in national leadership roles in her profession, serving on several boards and in editorial positions. A summary of her recent research appears in the 2018 National Bureau of Economic Research Reporter.

Simon is a research associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research, a group with which she has been affiliated since 2002. She serves as a member of the governing body of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and management (APPAM). From 2009-2016, she served as a board member of the American Society of Health Economists; from 2014-2017 she served as a board member of the American Economic Association (AEA)’s Committee on the Status of Women in Economics (CSWEP), and directed the national mentoring program for female assistant professors in economics. She also served a three-year term with the nation’s largest health philanthropy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF); in 2013, she was selected to the National Advisory Committee of RWJF Health Policy Scholars Program, a committee composed of 13 nationally recognized experts in social science and health policy. In 2007, Simon was recognized for her early contributions to health services research as the recipient of the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators.

Related to editorial roles, she is Editor for the Journal of Health Economics, Co-Editor of Journal of Human Resources and editorial board member for the American Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. She is former Associate Editor of Health Economics (2009-2018) and former co-editor of Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2010-2015).

Dr. Titus Schleyer is a Research Scientist at the Center for Biomedical Informatics of the Regenstrief Institute and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He leads the Indiana Learning Health Systems Initiative, which is focused on using everyday patient care data to improve the health of and healthcare for people in Indiana. Dr. Schleyer is also focused on making information from various sources more accessible and useful to clinicians. One of his award-winning projects provides emergency department physicians with highly relevant information about their patients from Indiana’s major health information exchange directly in the electronic health record. Dr. Schleyer is also active in big data analytics for population health management. He and his team are currently analyzing opioid overdose death data in Marion County to find out which patient and other variables are particularly predictive of overdoses and deaths.

Dr. Schleyer is focused on educating the next generation of biomedical informaticians. He co-directs the National Library of Medicine-funded Public & Population Health Informatics (PHI) Fellowship at Indiana University. In addition, he continuously mentors fellows in clinical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute.

Dr. Schleyer holds DMD and PhD degrees from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, a DMD degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MBA degree in Health Administration from Temple University. He is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Medical Informatics Association. His research is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health.

This talk is part of the Data Science Invited Talk Series put on by the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. You can find more event info here.