On May 18, Marea Cobb successfully defended her master’s thesis titled, “Comparative Genomics: Database Management and Analysis System for NGS Data.” Her supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Peter Myler and included Drs. Neil Abernethy and William Noble (Genome Sciences). Marea demonstrated the capabilities of a next-generation sequencing database and analysis system through a case study analyzing five Leishmania genomic libraries. Dr. Myler commented, “She has been a pleasure to have in my lab for the past two years and I wish her all the best in her future career.” Congratulations, Marea!
After a national search, BHI student Alan Kalet, MS, has been offered and has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington, beginning July 1. His place of practice will be at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and his schedule will be 80% clinical practice in medical physics and 20% research. Alan plans to continue his research in Biomedical informatics, especially in applications to radiation oncology.
BIME professor George Demiris, PhD, was a keynote speaker at an international conference organized by the College of Nursing of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, a WHO / PAHO Collaborating Centre for the "Development of Health Services and Nursing Care in Chronic Diseases." The conference was the fifth International Conference on Health and Self-Care with the theme "e -Health and Health literacy: Care Innovations" and took place May 7 to 8 in Santiago, Chile. Daniel Capurro, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and also a BHI affiliate assistant professor and alum also presented at the conference on “Implementation Science: the role of e-health in public health research.”
Chaudhuri S, Kneale L, Le T, Phelan E, Rosenberg D, Thompson H, Demiris G. Older adults’ perceptions of fall detection devices. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Forthcoming.
Chaudhuri S, Oudejans D, Thompson HJ, Demiris G. Real world accuracy and use of a wearable fall detection device by older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Forthcoming.
Cho MK, Magnus D, Constantine M, Lee SS, Kelley M, Alessi S, Korngiebel D, James C, Kuwana E, Gallagher TH, Diekema D, Capron AM, Joffe S, Wilfond BS. Attitudes Toward Risk and Informed Consent for Research on Medical Practices: A Cross-sectional Survey. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2015. doi: 10.7326/M15-0166. PubMed PMID: 25868119.
Choe EK, Kay M, Lee B, Pratt W, Kientz JA. SleepTight: Low-burden, self-monitoring technology for capturing and reflecting on sleep behaviors. Paper accepted to the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015); Osaka, Japan.
Chung J, Demiris G, Thompson HJ. Ethical considerations regarding the use of smart home technologies for older adults: an integrative review. Annual Review of Nursing Research. Forthcoming.
Demiris G. Information technology to support aging: implications for caregiving. In: Gaugler J, Kane R, editors. Family Caregiving in the New Normal: Elsevier Science Academic Press; 2015. p. 211-23.
Lazar A, Demiris G, Thompson HJ. Evaluation of a multi-functional technology system in a memory care unit: opportunities for innovation in dementia care. Informatics for Health and Social Care. Forthcoming.
Lazar A, Koehler C, Tanenbaum J, Nguyen D. Why we use and abandon smart devices. Paper accepted to the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015); Osaka, Japan.
Washington KT, Demiris G, Pike KC, Kruse RL, Oliver DP. Anxiety among informal hospice caregivers: An exploratory study. Palliative and Supportive Care. 2015;13(3):567-73. doi: 10.1017/S1478951513001193. PubMed PMID: 24524662; PMCID: 4133335.
BHI at the 18th Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium
The 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington is organized by the Undergraduate Research Program, which facilitates research experiences for undergraduates in all academic disciplines. The Symposium, which this year took place on May 15 at Mary Gates Hall, is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a broader audience on campus. It also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. BHI was represented through faculty and trainees who provided mentoring for undergraduate students, with the following posters:
Lau T, Sung M, Hall A, Thompson H, Demiris G. Robots of the future: design considerations for the healthcare domain.
Liu J, Lazar A, Demiris G, Thompson H. The role of voice in attitudes towards robotic pets.
Lu J, Thompson H, Demiris G. Strategies and challenges for recruitment of older adults in fall prevention research.
Tarter R, Demiris G, Pike K, Parker Oliver D. Pain and dementia: the informal caregiving experience.
Taylor M, Griffiths T, Pratt W. Peer mentoring: connecting people managing cancer through online health communities.
BIME professor and graduate program director George Demiris, PhD, has been named the inaugural Vice Chair for Informatics Education for BIME effective immediately. Dr. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, Chair of BIME, created the Vice Chair position to recognize Dr. Demiris’s increased responsibilities associated with the growth of the Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies program, the establishment of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship, and the exploration of undergraduate education in Biomedical Informatics.