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Biomedical Informatics Training Program Graduate Heather Piwowar Makes the News

Former University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program student, Heather Piwowar, challenges Elsevier (publisher of medical and scientific literature) to allow text-mining of their content - and wins! Heather's BlogThe Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

Doctoral Fellow Zachary Landis-Lewis has been invited to participate in the JAMIA Student Editorial Board for 2012-2013

Doctoral Fellow Zachary Landis-Lewis has been invited to participate in the JAMIA Student Editorial Board for 2012-2013. From the AMIA Website:  "Through the combined efforts of its editor, associate editors, and assistant editor, JAMIA has created a Student Editorial Board (SEB), formed by selecting outstanding trainees in Biomedical Informatics.  The SEB is designed to provide hands-on experience to prospective Biomedical Informatics journal reviewers, and serves a variety of purposes.  First and foremost, the SEB experience allows prospective reviewers to learn how to construct a well-written, critical, and constructive review. Each time an SEB member completes a review, it receives a careful critique by the Assistant Editor. In addition, SEB members receive copies of other reviewers’ comments once the editorial process is completed on the manuscript each individual reviewed. Each SEB member serves a two-year term."

Doctoral Student Ian Wong Awarded Scholarship

Doctoral Student in the Biomedical Informatics Track of the Intelligent Systems Program and NLM Fellow Ian Wong and his adviser Shyam Visweswaran, MD, PhD recently learned that Ian Wong has been awarded the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program scholarship. This eight- to twelve-week summer scholarship will allow the team to continue to work towards developing computer-based explanation systems for predictive models that are useful in clinical medicine including geriatric medicine.

Newsmaker: NLM Fellow Patrice Thorpe-Jamison

Masters Student and NLM Fellow Patrice-Thorpe Jamison and her adviser Steven Handler, MD, PhD recently learned that their work to determine the impact of a paper-based computer-generated rounding report in nursing homes was awarded AMDA Foundation/Pfizer Quality Improvement Award. The $7500 award will allow the team to continue to work towards an information system that improves physician efficiency and documentation completeness, while reducing some of the commonly reported barriers to providing patient care in the nursing home setting.

DBMI activities at 2012 AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science (March 19-23, 2012)

PapersThe Role of Complementary Bipartite Visual Analytical Representations in the Analysis of SNPs: A Case Study in Ancestral Informative MarkersSuresh Bhavnani, Shyam VisweswaranDate: 3/20/12              Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM               Session: AMIA-035-T2012.R1                                                                                                   ...

Newsmaker: BMI Doctoral Graduate Jonathan L. Lustgarten

Click here to read the latest news about BMI Doctoral Graduate John Lustgarten.

Summer Student Internship In Global Health Informatics - Center for Health Informatics for the Underserved

Training Program faculty members Gerry Douglas and Harry Hochheiser will lead the first DBMI Global Health Informatics Summer Internship, traveling to Lilongwe, Malawi with  DBMI students Jhon Camacho, Arturo Pineda, and Fernando Obando in July. DBMI students will collaborate intensively with three members of the Lilongwe-based Baobab Health Team on a ten-day internship combining classroom activities and practical research fieldwork aimed at addressing important challenges in maternal and child health. Much of the fieldwork will be conducted at Bwaila Maternity hospital: the busiest maternity hospital in Southern Africa, with more than 14,500 deliveries annually. We hope that this will be the first of an ongoing internship series that will serve as a possible model for training in global health informatics.

Intensive One Week Course on Grantsmanship!

The Biomedical Informatics Training Program taught it's first intensive course on granstmanship in Biomedical Informatics Monday, May 23, 2011 - Friday, May 27, 2011. The course was taken by eleven senior graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Plans are underway for a second session this year. Once again it will provide a 20 hour intensive immersion experience for trainees who wish to learn how to write a successful NIH or NSF biomedical informatics proposal. Dissertation awards, fellowships and K awards are emphasized. Highlights include panel discussions from postdoctoral fellows with recent awards, and NIH and NSF reviewers, as well as a mock study section. Trainees also have the opportunity to examine a wide range of informatics grant applications and summary statements.

Spring 2011 Edition of Informatics Today is now published!

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Gerry Douglas is Spotlighted in the latest TED Fellows Friday Blog!

Read this compelling interview with Dr. Gerry Douglas about his work in Malawi on the Fellows Friday TED Blog. Dr. Douglas is the Director of the Center for Health Informatics for the Underserved.    TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Pitt Med article featuring Zach Landis Lewis

Please see the Pitt Med article featuring Zach Landis Lewis at  Congratulations Zach!!

Launch of a New Gero-Informatics and Geriatric Pharmaceutical Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website - http://www.gerimedsafe.pitt.eduThe University of Pittsburgh Geriatric Pharmaceutical and Gero-Informatics Research Program is a collaboration between the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine. The overall goal of this interdisciplinary program is to serve as a hub for research and research training in Geriatric Pharmaceutical and Gero-Informatics research.

DBMI Spring 2011 Lecture Series

Department of Biomedical Informatics Colloquium SeriesSchedule Spring Term 2011 Fridays, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, M-184 VALE, 200 Meyran Avenue   January 7, 2011         No Session January 14, 2011       Amanda Eisenhart & Bill Gross, DBMI IT Support January 21, 2011       Claudia Mello-Thoms, PhDJanuary 28, 2011       Lisa M. Painter, DNP, RNFebruary 4, 2011       Patricia Weiss, MLS February 11, 2011     David Dausey, PhD February 18, 2011     Katrina Romagnoli, MLIS & Danielle Mowery, MS February 25, 2011     Himanshu Grover, MS & Kevin McDade, MS March 4, 2011            Marc Levesque, MD, PhD March 11, 2011       ...

Dr. Milos Hauskrecht’s Paper Wins the Homer Warner Award at the AMIA 2010 Symposium

Congratulations to Dr. Hauskrecht and the team for this amazing accomplishment! The award is named for Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the field of informatics and the founder of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. This awarded is presented to the paper that best describes approaches to improving computerized information acquisition, knowledge data acquisition and management, and experimental results documenting the value of these approaches.Milos Hauskrecht, PhD, Michal Valko, MSc, Iyad Batal, MSc, Gilles Clermont, MD, MS, Shyam Visweswaran MD, PhD, Gregory F. Cooper, MD, PhD. Conditional outlier detection for clinical alerting.Abstract We develop and evaluate a data-driven approach for detecting unusual (anomalous) patient management actions using past patient cases stored in an electronic health record (EHR) system. Our hypothesis is that patient-management actions that are unusual with respect to past patients may be due to a potential...

DBMI Video now on YouTube

See "The Department of Biomedical Informatics @ University of Pittsburgh Medical School", the new DBMI video that is now posted on YouTube – View the video.