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Department of Biomedical Informatics Archives

Scientists create unique disease ‘catalog’ linked to immune system gene variations

May. 10, 2017—A study led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has generated the first comprehensive catalog of diseases in a single population associated with variations in HLA genes that regulate the body's immune system.

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Talking health IT

Apr. 20, 2017—Vindell Washington, M.D., MHCM, former national coordinator for health information technology with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at Vanderbilt University Medical Center last week.

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Risky business

Apr. 5, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators have developed hospital readmission models that may help prevent payment penalties to hospitals when patients are readmitted too soon after discharge.

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Investigators use machine learning to predict suicide risk

Mar. 9, 2017—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 there were 41,149 suicides in the U.S., making it the 10th leading cause of death that year. Among high school students in 2013, the CDC estimates that over the previous 12 months 2.7 percent had sometime made a suicide attempt resulting in injury, poisoning or overdose that required medical attention.

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Denny named to list of top experts in health information technology

Jan. 12, 2017—Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., professor of Biomedical Informatics and associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, has been named to an annual list of the 50 leading experts in health care information technology by Health Data Management, a trade news publication.

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Investigators apply game theory to study of genomic privacy

Jan. 12, 2017—It comes down to privacy — biomedical research can’t proceed without human genomic data sharing, and genomic data sharing can’t proceed without some reasonable level of assurance that de-identified data from patients and other research participants will stay de-identified after they’re released for research.

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Vanderbilt team a winner in health data privacy competition

Dec. 1, 2016—A two-member team from Vanderbilt has won the 2016 iDASH Healthcare Privacy Protection Challenge, a competition open to international participants and devoted this year to privacy protection for genome analysis in a cloud computing environment.

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Rheumatoid subtypes explored by PheWAS

Oct. 7, 2016—A computer-based method pioneered at Vanderbilt is being used to compare subtypes of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture is Oct. 11

Sep. 26, 2016—Dr. Kevin B. Johnson will deliver the 15th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The event will begin at noon in Light Hall, Room 208.

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Frisse honored by American Medical Informatics Association

Sep. 15, 2016—Mark Frisse, M.D., M.S., MBA, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics and vice chair for business development in that department, has been selected to receive the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2016 Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics.

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Transcription factor evolution

Aug. 11, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a novel model of evolution for factors that control gene expression.

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Diabetes management and low income

Apr. 6, 2016—Adherence to medication was the only self-care activity independently associated with glycemic control in a low-income population.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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