Awards, Honors, and Grants

October 04, 2017

Zhou, Reyes Nieva Awarded Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program Grant

Li Zhou, MD, PhD Harry Reyes Nieva

Li Zhou, MD, PhD, and Harry Reyes Nieva, of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, received pilot funding from the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program for their investigation in identifying health disparities within the LGBTQ community. This one-year, $50,000 grant is given to teams whose research builds a foundation for reducing health disparities encountered by individuals who are sexual and/or gender minorities.

Zhou and Reyes Nieva are researching how electronic health records may be used to find individuals who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ community and subsequently observe and track health disparities these patients may face.

More broadly, Zhou’s research interests focus on developing innovative methods and computer applications, particularly by using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to handle free-text data, to improve the quality and safety of care and discover new knowledge. Reyes Nieva’s research in computational epidemiology applies machine learning, natural language processing and spatial analysis to promote health equity, improve patient safety and support clinical decision-making.

Harvard Catalyst aims to support translational research that brings together all the technology and expertise Harvard offers, with the goal of reducing human illness.