Congratulations to Rita Kukafka for obtaining a grant from the American Cancer Society, entitled, “Decision Support for BRCA Testing in Ethnically Diverse Women.” It combines a patient-centered decision aid with a provider-centered decision support tool integrated into clinic workflow to increase genetic counseling uptake.
Congratulations to Lena Mamykina and David Albers for the funding of their R56 grant by NIH’s NIDDK. It is entitled, “Dynamically Tailoring Interventions for Problem-Solving in Diabetes Self-Management Using Self-Monitoring Data – a Randomized Controlled Trial.”
Columbia University researcher awarded grant for research in behavioral nutrition
NEW YORK, February 2, 2017—The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences today announced Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Biomedical Informatics and Behavioral Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center, is the winner of its fifth annual research award for her proposal, “Personalizing Prevention: Developing Methods for Precision Behavioral Nutrition.”
Dr. Burgermaster will receive $35,000 to pursue an innovative research project at the intersection of digital health and nutrition science. It is intended to provide support to researchers working on under-explored, and often under-funded, research topics.
The Sackler Institute’s 2016 Small Grant program for early career scientists focuses on research that explores the potential of emerging digital technologies in supporting evidence-based nutrition interventions for the benefit of public health. As Dr. Gilles Bergeron, Executive Director of the Sackler Institute of Nutrition Science explains: “This award gives an opportunity for innovative researchers at the start of their career to make an immediate impact. This year our research interest focused on promoting behavior change in nutrition, a difficult but fundamental issue in improving public health and preventing chronic disease.”
The winner’s research focuses on personalizing nutritional interventions by identifying psychosocial phenotypes. In her proposal Dr. Burgermaster hypothesized that different people respond to nutritional interventions in different ways. Using the example provided by precision medicine, in the treatment of disease, she sought to develop an individualized approach to improving nutrition. Known as psychosocial phenotyping this represents the first step towards precision behavioral nutrition and personally optimized nutrition interventions. “The Sackler Nutrition Award will support the development of methods for psychosocial phenotyping – characterizing the combination of barriers and resources that determine individuals’ nutrition behaviors,” said Dr. Burgermaster. “Then we will develop an app-based tool that efficiently identifies individuals’ psychosocial phenotypes. Psychosocial phenotyping represents a first step toward precision behavioral nutrition and personally optimized nutrition interventions.” This process represents the first step towards developing more precise behavioral nutrition and personally optimized nutrition intervention approach to remedy malnutrition.
Research Award Process
The Sackler Institute disseminated a call for proposals and received abstracts from early career scientists from around the world. Five reviewers were invited to grade, rank and provide comments on the abstracts related to their areas of expertise. The reviewers are all highly respected experts in their specific research areas related to the submitted proposals.
Jeannette Beasley, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rolf Klemm, MPH, DrPH, Vice President of Nutrition at Helen Keller International and Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Tooraj Mirshahi, PhD, Associate Professor at the Weis Center for Research at the Geisinger Clinic
Karandeep Singh, MD, MMSc, Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences and of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Claire Wang, MD, ScD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
The selection committee gave the most consideration to proposals addressing an important gap in nutrition science and instances where results could trigger significant advances in behavioral interventions and support systems in the interface of digital health and nutrition science. These criteria emphasize the New York Academy of Sciences’ mission in promoting the resolution of society’s global challenges through science-based solutions.
For more information on the winners and judging panel, as well as The Sackler Institute’s efforts to advance research, please visit www.nyas.org/WhatWeDo/Nutrition and click on the “Research Fund” tab.
Calls for abstracts for The Sackler Institute’s sixth research award will begin in the fall of 2017.
Department of Biomedical Informatics Special Seminar
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Can Molecular Dynamics Simulations Cure What Ails Ya?
Molecular dynamics simulations have in recent years been playing an increasingly important role in advancing our understanding of biological processes at an atomic level of detail. Such simulations are often capable of providing new insights into the interactions of biological macromolecules with each other and with endogenous and pharmaceutical ligands, suggesting that they may ultimately make important contributions to the process of drug discovery. This talk will examine several ways in which MD simulations might seem to be of potential use in designing new drugs. Examples will be given of both current capabilities and current limitations, with a focus on their potential implications for the use of MD as a tool for drug discovery.
David E. Shaw serves as Chief Scientist of D. E. Shaw Research and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980, served on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Columbia until 1986, and founded the D. E. Shaw group in 1988. Since 2001, Dr. Shaw has devoted his time to hands-on research in the field of computational biochemistry.
Dr. Shaw was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology by President Clinton in 1994, and again by President Obama in 2009. He is a two-time co-recipient of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012, and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.
We once again had a great symposium this year. Here are some highlights and awards.
The Columbia DBMI reception was very fun and great to catch up with our huge network of successful alumni, who are running much of informatics in the US. Scroll down to see photos from the event.
Running the symposium:
Noemie Elhadad – Symposium Vice Chair
Scientific Program Committee members – Jessica Ancker, David Kaufman, Casey Overby, Adler Perotte, Colin Walsh, Chunhua Weng, Adam Wilcox, Lauren Wilcox
Nick Tatonetti – AMIA New Investigator Award
William Brown – 2nd place Student Paper Competition
Shaodian Zhang – AMIA Best Student Paper for Consumer & Pervasive Health Informatics, and Student Paper Finalist in the regular competition
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, Liz Chen – advisors for the 1st place Student Paper Competition winner
Trevor Cohen, Sunny Shang – advisors for Student Paper Competition finalists
Jessica Ancker – Homer R. Warner Award
Sarah Collins – Harriet H. Werley Award
Distinguished Paper Award – Rimma Pivovarov, Yael Coppleson, Sharon Lipsky Gorman, David Vawdrey, Noemie Elhadad (Can Patient Record Summarization Support Quality Metric Abstraction?)
Distinguished Paper Award – Qing Zeng-Treitler (Identification and Use of Frailty Indicators from Text to Examine Associations with Clinical Outcomes Among Patients with Heart Failure)
Maya Ramachandran – Columbia undergrad invited to present “Undergraduate informatics at Columbia” (Ignite) and to join a regular panel
ACMI fellowship inductees:
MA alumnus A. Oscar Beitia, PhD Alumna Xinxin “Katie” Zhu, and MA and postdoctoral research fellow alumnus, P&S alumnus and Columbia University DBMI faculty Dr. Adler Perotte
PhD alumnus and Washington University-St Louis faculty Albert Lai, current PhD student representative Silis Jiang, MA postdoctoral fellow alumnus and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine faculty Jamie Hirsch, and PhD alumnus and UCSF faculty William Brown III
PhD student Amelia Averitt, Marina Bonanno, PhD student Fernanda Polubriaginof, and MA student and postdoctoral research fellow Dr Benjamin Slovis
MA & postdoctoral research fellow alumna and Columbia University DBMI faculty Lena Mamykina (background), PhD student Amelia Averitt, Postdoctoral Research Scientist Shreya Chakrabarti, MA student and NLM postdoctoral research fellow Dr Jung Hoon Son, Postdoctoral Research Scientist Anando Sen, Postdoctoral Research Scientist Po-Hsiang “Barnett” Chiu
Congratulations to MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and Columbia University DBMI faculty Dr Adler Perotte (center) on his recently awarded Department of Defense grant!
Congratulations to Columbia University DBMI faculty Prof Carol Friedman on her induction into the National Academy of Medicine!
PhD alumnus Daniel Fort, PhD candidate Drashko Nakikj, PhD student William Ogallo
Prof David Albers, Prof Noemie Elhadad, PhD alumna Rimma Pivovarov, PhD alumnus Daniel Fort, PhD alumna and OHSU faculty Nicole Weiskopf, PhD alumnus Adam Wilcox, Postdoctoral Research Scientist alumna and Stevens Institute of Technology faculty Samantha Kleinberg
PhD student Elliot Mitchell and MD-PhD student Lisa Grossman
PhD student Fernanda Polubriaginof, PhD student Amelia Averitt, and MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Benjamin Slovis
PhD student Fernanda Polubriaginof and MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Benjamin Slovis
PhD students Haoquan Zhao and Silvia Cho
MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and current faculty member Dr Herbert Chase and MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and Vanderbilt University faculty Dr Colin Walsh
PhD alumni and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston faculty Hua Xu and Trevor Cohen
PhD alumna and Weill Cornell Medical College faculty Jessica Ancker, PhD alumnus and Brown University faculty Neil Sarkar, MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and NYU faculty Dr Michael Cantor, PhD alumnus Jan Horsky
PhD alumnus and University of Arizona faculty Jung-Wei Fan (right)
PhD alumnus and Northwestern University faculty Justin Starren (left)
Matthew Levine, Columbia University DBMI faculty David Albers, PhD alumna Rimma Pivovarov, Marina Bonanno
Matthew Levine, Columbia University DBMI faculty David Albers, PhD alumna Rimma Pivovarov
Matthew Levine, MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow alumna and Columbia University DBMI faculty Lena Mamykina, PhD alumna and Weill Cornell Medical College faculty Jessica Ancker
Matthew Levine, MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow alumna and current faculty member Lena Mamykina, MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Marissa Burgermaster
MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and NYU faculty Dr Michael Cantor (left)
PhD students Michelle Chau and William Ogallo, MD-PhD student Victor Rodriguez, MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Marissa Burgermaster, PhD Candidate Drashko Nakikj, PhD student Mollie McKillop
PhD alumnus and Brown University faculty Neil Sarkar, PhD student William Ogallo, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow alumna and Johns Hopkins University faculty Casey Overby
Postdoctoral Research Fellow alumna and Harvard Medical School faculty Sarah Collins (center) and Victoria Tiase (right)
PhD candidate Silis Jiang and PhD alumnus and Washington University-St Louis faculty Albert Lai
Columbia University DBMI and Nursing faculty Prof Suzanne Bakken (it’s her birthday!), PhD alumnus Daniel Fort, and PhD alumna and OHSU faculty Nicole Weiskopf
Umberto Tachinardi and Columbia University DBMI faculty James Cimino
MD-PhD student Victor Rodriguez, PhD students Mollie McKillop and Michelle Chau
PhD alumna and SUNY downstate faculty Yalini Senathirajah (left), PhD student Fernanda Polubriaginof (center)
Columbia University DBMI faculty Soumitra Sengupta and MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and NYU faculty Dr John Chelico
MA Postdoctoral Research Fellow alumna and Columbia University DBMI faculty Lena Mamykina and former Columbia DBMI faculty David Kaufman (now at ASU)
Columbia University DBMI faculty Dr Gil Kuperman (left)
Congratulations to Columbia University DBMI faculty Prof Noemie Elhadad for her ACMI induction!
Congratulations to PhD alumna and Brown University faculty Liz Chen for her ACMI induction!
Columbia University DBMI Chair Prof George Hripcsak gave updates on DBMI achievements
Columbia University DBMI faculty Noemie Elhadad, PhD alumna and Brown University faculty Liz Chen, PhD alumna and OHSU faculty Nicole Weiskopf, Umberto Tachinardi, PhD alumna and University of Wisconsin faculty Dr Eneida Mendonca, MA and postdoctoral fellow and current Columbia DBMI faculty Adler Perotte, MA alumna Tara Borlawsky and PhD alumnus and Washington University-St Louis faculty Philip Payne, PhD candidate Silis Jiang, PhD student Fernanda Polubriaginof, MA and postdoctoral research fellow alumna and Columbia University DBMI faculty Lena Mamykina, Columbia University DBMI faculty David Albers, Matthew Levine, postdoctoral research scientist alumna and Stevens Institute of Technology faculty Samantha Kleinberg
Umberto Tachinardi and Columbia University DBMI faculty Prof Carol Friedman
MA postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and Columbia University DBMI faculty Adler Perotte (center), Prof George Hripcsak, Columbia University DBMI Chair (right)
MA alumna and University of Maryland-Baltimore County faculty Dr Krystl Haerian, PhD alumnus and Columbia University DBMI faculty Dr Hojjat Salmasian, PhD alumnus Adam Wilcox, PhD alumna and Harvard Medical School faculty Dr Li Zhou
Maurine Tong and Columbia University DBMI faculty Dr Gil Kuperman
PhD alumnus and UCSF faculty William Brown III, Columbia University Nursing faculty Adriana Arcia, MA and postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and Vanderbilt University faculty Dr Colin Walsh, MA and postdoctoral research fellow alumnus and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine faculty Jamie Hirsch
Recording for 2016 Oct. 21th – Paul D. Clayton Lecture
Special Guest DJ Patil The White House Chief Data Scientist.
Interviewed by our chairman George Hripcsak about the topic- President Obama’s Data Science Initiative and its articulation with Precision Medicine
Congratulations to Carol Friedman, who was just elected to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine. This is a big deal, and it reflects Carol’s substantial contribution to the field of biomedical informatics as one of the key figures to bring natural language processing to health care as well as her recent work in pharmacovigilance.
Congratulations to Matt Levine and his advisors David Albers and Lena Mamykina for winning best poster in the Columbia Data Science Student Challenge on glucose prediction!