Department of Biomedical Informatics

Indiana University’s Embí named chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics

Peter Embí, MD, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Regenstrief Institute Inc., and professor of Medicine and Biostatistics & Health Data Science at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has been named as the new chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Study shows gene-drug interactions are common

When a drug or combination of drugs causes different responses in different people, genetic variation is often at play. Pharmacogenomics, through discovery of genetic risk and use of clinical genotyping, aims to reduce trial-and-error approaches to drug prescribing.

Certain drug exposures correlate with reduced COVID severity: study

Analyzing electronic health records (EHR) of 9,748 patients diagnosed with COVID-19, Cosmin Bejan, PhD, Elizabeth Phillips, MD, and colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center asked whether COVID disease severity correlated with any drugs that happened to be taken by these patients in the months leading up to their diagnosis.

Facebook campaign quickly nets clinical trial participants

The cost and effectiveness of social media as a participant recruitment tool for clinical research is still being evaluated. To better understand its utility, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center used Facebook to mount a short, monthlong pilot campaign in and around Houston attempting to recruit participants for an ongoing smoking cessation study being conducted in that city.

From left, Scott Borinstein, MD, PhD, Jonathan Mosley, MD, PhD, and Sara Van Driest, MD, PhD, found that some healthy African Americans are having bone marrow biopsies they don’t need. (photo by Erin O. Smith)

Gene variant linked to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in African Americans

A gene variant that lowers white blood cell levels and is common in individuals with African ancestry contributes to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Drug allergy labels in medical records power searches for gene-drug associations

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