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Department of Biomedical Informatics Archives

Investigators use machine learning to predict suicide risk

Mar. 9, 2017—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 there were 41,149 suicides in the U.S., making it the 10th leading cause of death that year. Among high school students in 2013, the CDC estimates that over the previous 12 months 2.7 percent had sometime made a suicide attempt resulting in injury, poisoning or overdose that required medical attention.

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Denny named to list of top experts in health information technology

Jan. 12, 2017—Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., professor of Biomedical Informatics and associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, has been named to an annual list of the 50 leading experts in health care information technology by Health Data Management, a trade news publication.

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Investigators apply game theory to study of genomic privacy

Jan. 12, 2017—It comes down to privacy — biomedical research can’t proceed without human genomic data sharing, and genomic data sharing can’t proceed without some reasonable level of assurance that de-identified data from patients and other research participants will stay de-identified after they’re released for research.

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Vanderbilt team a winner in health data privacy competition

Dec. 1, 2016—A two-member team from Vanderbilt has won the 2016 iDASH Healthcare Privacy Protection Challenge, a competition open to international participants and devoted this year to privacy protection for genome analysis in a cloud computing environment.

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Rheumatoid subtypes explored by PheWAS

Oct. 7, 2016—A computer-based method pioneered at Vanderbilt is being used to compare subtypes of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture is Oct. 11

Sep. 26, 2016—Dr. Kevin B. Johnson will deliver the 15th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The event will begin at noon in Light Hall, Room 208.

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Frisse honored by American Medical Informatics Association

Sep. 15, 2016—Mark Frisse, M.D., M.S., MBA, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics and vice chair for business development in that department, has been selected to receive the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2016 Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics.

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Transcription factor evolution

Aug. 11, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a novel model of evolution for factors that control gene expression.

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Diabetes management and low income

Apr. 6, 2016—Adherence to medication was the only self-care activity independently associated with glycemic control in a low-income population.

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Study looks at doctors’ response to genetic testing

Mar. 31, 2016—A new clinical implementation study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center measures how physicians have responded to the introduction of routine genetic testing to predict patient response to the commonly prescribed antiplatelet drug clopidogrel.

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VUMC research shows patient privacy, ‘big data’ can coexist

Jan. 28, 2016—A new study, led by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), confirms that the scientific pursuit of so-called big data from hospitals and clinics needn’t conflict with patient privacy.

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VUMC’s Jackson elected fellow of ACMI

Jan. 7, 2016—Gretchen Purcell Jackson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, is one of 13 fellows recently elected to the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

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