We are delighted to announce that Sean Mooney, PhD, has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington. He will also serve as the new Chief Research Information Officer for UW Medicine. As he stated in his application for this position, he has a vision of a “future where medical records are both ethically collected and quantitatively used for aggregated research on human disease and are linked to biobanks, genetic information and other biochemical and clinical datasets.” He sees the CTSAs (and specifically the UW CTSA, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences) as playing a seminal role in this vision. Dr. Mooney completed a double major in 1997 in both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin. He obtained his PhD in 2001 in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UC San Francisco (Advisor Teri Klein, Director of PharmGKB). He completed his postdoc with Russ Altman at Stanford in Genetics and Medical Informatics in 2003. He was on faculty at Indiana University 2003-2009 and then since 2009, at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He has an extensive record of research and leadership in the translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics domains including founding and leading the Bioinformatics Core during the establishment of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. His research currently focuses on data mining large datasets including electronic health records, social media and genetic data. He is also focusing on applications of ontologies in translational bioinformatics. He is highly interested in developing tools to aid translation of clinical findings using our knowledge of biochemical systems and secure, ethical analysis of EHR datasets. He also has a history of entrepreneurship including founding two entrepreneurial organizations (BioE2E and the Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network). He developed and led many NIH grants including an R01, a K award from the National Library of Medicine and an SBIR. Dr. Mooney will be starting at UW in February, and in addition to continuing his own research program he will be taking on a key operational role related to the practice of research informatics in his role as Chief Research Information Officer.
BIME assistant professor Meliha Yetisgen, PhD, is now a member of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics editorial board.
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Flum DR, Alfonso-Cristancho R, Devine EB, Devlin A, Farrokhi E, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Kessler L, Lavallee D, Patrick DL, Gore JL, Sullivan SD, Collaborative C. Implementation of a "real-world" learning health care system: Washington State's Comparative Effectiveness Research Translation Network (CERTAIN). Surgery. 2014;155(5):860-6. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2014.01.004. PubMed PMID: 24787113.
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Nishimura AA, Tarczy-Hornoch, P, Shirts, BH. Pragmatic and ethical challenges of incorporating the genome into the electronic health record. Current Genetic Medicine Reports. 2014;2(4):201-11. doi: 10.1007/s40142-014-0051-9.
Van Eaton EG, Zatzick DF, Gallagher TH, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Rivara FP, Flum DR, Peterson R, Maier RV. A nationwide survey of trauma center information technology leverage capacity for mental health comorbidity screening. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2014;219(3):505-10 e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.02.032. PubMed PMID: 25151344; PMCID: 4160658.
BIME adjunct professor Wanda Pratt, PhD, was invited to serve as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium.
BIME chair and professor Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, was elected to the six-person Lead Team for the Domain Task Force on Informatics for the national CTSA (Clinical Translational Science Awards) consortium as part of the restructuring of the CTSA governance to address the goals set by the IOM and NCATS Council Working Group.