On November 7, Denny Bromley successfully defended his dissertation titled “Visual Analytics Methods for Analyzing Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Mutant Proteins.” His advisor Dr. Valerie Daggett commented, “[Denny] did a wonderful job! He presented his work on developing DIVE, a data analytics and visualization engine and its application to drug design and characterizing the molecular basis of p53 related cancers (about 50% of all human cancers). Denny’s work has already led to two scientific publications and at least two more to be submitted shortly. In addition, he has a patent application for some of the novel methods in DIVE developed for Big Data, in collaboration with Steve Rysavy.” Congratulations, Denny!
On October 27, BIME associate professor Neil Abernethy, PhD, appeared on King 5 News to discuss his Outbreak Investigator software funded by the National Library of Medicine: http://www.king5.com/story/tech/2014/10/27/uw-epidemic-software/18032281/
A paper by BIME associate professor Neil Abernethy, PhD, research coordinator Lauren Carroll, MS, MPH, and alumnus and senior fellow Alan Au, PhD, has been selected as Editors’ Choice for the September-October issue of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Papers are selected if they are well written and offer a particularly important methodological innovation. All Editors’ Choice papers are unlocked for open access at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-biomedical-informatics/editors-choice/.
Carroll LN, Au AP, Detwiler LT, Fu TC, Painter IS, Abernethy NF. Visualization and analytics tools for infectious disease epidemiology: A systematic review. J Biomed Inform. 2014;51C:287-98. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.04.006. PubMed PMID: 24747356.
Two papers by BHI alumni Drs. Andrea Hartzler, Casey Overby, and Jina Huh, faculty members Drs. Wanda Pratt, Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, and James Ralston, and student Albert Park were nominated for the Distinguished Paper Award for the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium in Washington, DC. More than 249 papers were submitted for consideration, and only 15 were nominated.
Hartzler A, McDonald D, Park A, Huh J, Weaver C, Pratt W. Evaluating health interest profiles extracted from patient-generated data.
Overby C, Rasmussen L, Hartzler A, Connolly J, Peterson J, Hedberg R, Freimuth R, Shirts B, Denny J, Larson E, Chute C, Jarvik G, Ralston J, Shuldiner A, Kullo I, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Williams M. A template for authoring and adapting genomic medicine content in the eMERGE Infobutton project.
On October 1, Rebecca Hazen successfully completed her General Exam entitled “Assessing and Tracking Symptoms and Quality of Life for Brain Cancer Patients: A Patient-Driven Approach.” “This is a very challenging topic, and the committee and audience were impressed with the ambition and scope of her project,” said Rebecca’s advisor Dr. John Gennari. “There are many very interesting research questions around relationships between patient and clinicians, end-of-life concerns, design methodologies, and quality of life assessments. I would like to report that the closed, committee-only session felt more like a brainstorming session among colleagues than an "examination" (and this is something all students should aim to achieve!). I'm looking forward to being part of this exciting research agenda. ” Congratulations, Rebecca!