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NEI Office of Data Science and Health Informatics

Harnessing the power of data in vision research


The National Eye Institute (NEI) collects human data through clinical studies and trials in both its intramural and extramural divisions. Human data are notable for their complexity and lack of interoperability. Yet these data are used for the treatment of the patient from whom they derive. It is important to recognize and characterize the different types of health and healthcare data in order to articulate coherent and complete research questions and to develop treatment methodologies for blinding eye diseases and visual impairment. The Office of Data Science and Health Informatics (ODSHI) coordinates existing activities within the NEI, and across NIH, and other government agencies to provide a nidus for new trans-agency programs in data collection, data sharing and data interoperability. ODSHI works to accelerate scientific discovery, foster collaborative research, and ultimately improve public health through the application of scientific data and knowledge management in the eye health sciences.

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Events and Announcements

NEI-FDA-ONC Joint Workshop on Promoting Adoption of Ocular Imaging Standards (Summary NOW AVAILABLE)

This virtual NEI, FDA, and ONC hosted workshop focused on delineating the state of the science and improving interoperability among ocular imaging modalities and devices to improve biomedical research and patient care.

NEI Strategic Plan: Vision for the Future (2021-2025)

Data Science has been included as one of the 7 areas of emphasis in the 2021 NEI Strategic Plan – see how NEI has highlighted important perspective and expertise on this topic.

NIH Strategically, and Ethically, Building a Bridge to AI (Bridge2AI)

NIH Common Fund’s Bridge2AI program – NIH has launched a new trans-agency effort to harness the power of AI to propel biomedical and behavioral research forward.

Data Sharing

NEI is dedicated to accelerating vision research by sharing impactful data.

National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network (eyeGENE®)

eyeGENE® is a genomic medicine initiative that’s facilitating research into the causes and mechanisms of rare inherited eye diseases and accelerate pathways to treatments. 

NEI Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Integrative Biology Initiative

Seeks a more precise description of AMD disease pathobiology by using AMD genetic risk factors as sentinels for specific RPE signaling pathways and for changes in RPE physiology.

National Eye Institute Data Commons

Offers a central source for NEI biomedical digital objects including data sets, software and analytical workflow, metadata, standards, and publications. 

NIH Common Data Elements (CDE) Repository

Designed to provide access to structured human and machine-readable definitions of data elements that have been recommended or required by NIH Institutes and Centers and other organizations for use in research and for other purposes. 

Additional Resources

Common Data Elements (CDEs) Course: Standardizing data collection

This course from the National Library of Medicine® is about making data collection and data sharing easier using common data elements (CDEs). 

ODSHI Contacts

Kerry Goetz

Kerry Goetz

Associate Director



Syed Haqqani headshot.

Syed Umair Haqqani

Health Science Policy Analyst


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Amber Reed

Program Specialist


Last updated: July 28, 2022