It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce that BIME professor emeritus Dr. Ira Kalet passed away on February 21 at the age of 70, after a long battle with cancer. Ira joined the University of Washington in 1978, first in the Department of Radiation Oncology and later joined BIME in 1997. He led the establishment of the Biomedical and Health Informatics graduate program, and served as its initial program director until 2004. After his retirement in 2011, he continued to actively serve as faculty in the department, most recently receiving an R21 NLM grant and co-teaching his seminar on Cancer, Stochastic Models and Mathematical Biology.
Please see Ira’s obituary and condolences page in the Seattle Times and biography at Amazon, as well as his faculty website. An obituary from BIME detailing Ira’s contributions to biomedical informatics is forthcoming.
Ira established a fund at the University of Washington to donate the proceeds from his book and support students during their education. Donations may be made to the University of Washington, Ira and Terry Kalet Endowed Fund for Biomedical and Health Informatics Trainees.
On February 26, Shomir Chaudhuri successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Examining the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Fall Detection Device.” His supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. George Demiris and included Drs. Dori Rosenberg (Health Services), Hilaire Thompson (Nursing), and Elizabeth Phelan (Medicine). Dr. Demiris commented, “Shomir did an amazing job with his project and presentation, generating significant findings for the usability and accuracy of fall detection devices for older adults. He completed a series of important studies and made a significant informatics contribution to gerontology!” Congratulations, Shomir!
Meliha Yetisgen, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2015. Congratulations!
Kalet A, Gennari J, Ford E, Phillips M. Bayesian network models for error detection in radiotherapy plans. Physics in Medicine and Biology. Forthcoming.
Kendall L, Morris D., Tan D. Blood pressure beyond the clinic: rethinking a health metric for everyone. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15). Seoul, South Korea. Forthcoming.
Lordon, RJ. Preparing patients for hospital discharge: what is the relationship between perceptions of patients and providers? Poster accepted to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) 40th Annual Conference; Orlando, FL.
O’Leary K, Eschler J, Kendall L, Vizer LM, Ralston J, Pratt W. Understanding design tradeoffs for health technologies: a mixed-methods approach. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15). Seoul, South Korea. Forthcoming.
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.