Informatics Research Seminar: All About SILS (Research, Degrees, Faculty)

September 1 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Javed Mostafa, PhD
Presented from UNC-CH

Abstract:

One of the nation’s top-ranked schools of library and information studies  by U.S. News & World Report, SILS consistently takes a leadership role in today’s ever-changing information and library science landscape.

Mission
SILS educates innovative and responsible thinkers who will lead the information professions; discovers principles and impacts of information; creates systems, techniques, and policies to advance information processes and services; and advances information creation, access, use, management, and stewardship to improve the quality of life for diverse local, national, and global communities.

This mission is rooted in the values of our field, our university, and our school and seeks to achieve our vision as the leading information school in the world.  It has four components: education, basic research, design and development and real world engagement.  Our educational mission is manifested in our degree programs, in field studies and internships, and in the collaborative research our students do with faculty and other students.  Our basic research mission is rooted in the recognition that data, information, and knowledge are the engines of science, industry, and the human experience.  We study how information is created and flows among people and organizations, and how it is used and reused, managed, and preserved.  Our design and development mission manifests in interacting systems that include computational components (hardware and software), organizational components (indexes, metadata, ontologies), access components (user interfaces), and policy components. We develop and evaluate these interacting components in principled and systematic projects and investigations.   Our engagement mission is motivated by the recognition that information is socially embedded in culture and that real world problems are solved by people armed with knowledge of the past, contemporary information, and tools for exploration and decision making.  Engagement means not only leveraging information and tools beyond the campus, but also that protocols, practices, rights, and responsibilities be defined and defended and that people learn about them in context.

The School of Information and Library Science seeks to advance the profession and practice of librarianship and information science; to prepare students for careers in the field of information and library science; and to make significant contributions to the study of information. Faculty members further these goals by teaching and advisory work; by research and scholarly publishing; and by service to the school, the university, the state, and the professional community. The American Library Association (ALA) accredits both the master of science in library science degree and the master of science in information science degree.The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

SILS ALA Reaccreditation Program Presentation

SILS 2013 to 2020 Strategic Plan

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) stands among the leading research-intensive schools devoted to educating information professionals. In the past two decades SILS and its peers have broadened research and educational missions beyond scholarly publishing and libraries to the entire spectrum of human information activities. This trend is manifested in what is characterized as the international i-School movement and SILS is an exemplar in demonstrating this 21st century view of information theory, practice, and education. This strategic plan benefits from the advances and challenges of the first decade of the new century and provides a foundation for the SILS of 2020 and beyond.

Biosketch:

Javed Mostafa is the Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program and the Director of the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research. His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document/data repositories. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core at the NC Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute and has current research engagements in biomedical data mining, analysis, visualization, user interface design, and multi-modal human-computer interaction. He regularly serves on program and organizing committees for major conferences and participates as reviewer for major grant initiatives.
Javed served as an associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Information Systems for eight years. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology and he also serves as an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology.
Translating scientific advances into health care improvements is a passion for Javed, and based on support from UNC’s Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute, he co-founded a company concentrating on patient-centric decision support and streamlined care workflow called Keona Health. At UNC, Javed holds a joint faculty position in information science in the School of Information and Library Science and in the Biomedical Research Imaging Center in the School of Medicine. Additionally, he holds the title of Adjunct Professor of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Duke University.

Informatics Research Seminar: DEDUCE, Duke Enterprise Data Unified Content Explorer

January 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Jeffrey Ferranti, MD
Presented from Duke University

Abstract:

DEDUCE is a tool available to Duke faculty that enables the quantification of potential study subjects at Duke based on varying inclusion and exclusion criteria available in clinical records. It can be used to estimate potential recruitment.

Biosketch:

Jeffrey Ferranti, MD, MS, is chief information officer and vice president for medical informatics.

Ferranti is responsible for leading a team charged with the visioning, strategic planning, and effective adoption of integrated technology and information solutions that enable high-quality clinical care, research and education. He also serves as an informatics thought leader, both internal and external to Duke, and, in partnership with our wider medical community, develops an overarching informatics strategy in support of the Duke Health mission.

As the leader of Duke’s enterprise-wide Epic installation, he was responsible for deploying a single, seamless electronic health record across three hospitals and over 300 ambulatory clinics. Ferranti is passionate about leveraging advanced analytics to improve population health, implementing novel technologies to better partner with patients and promoting IT innovation to support new and emerging care models.

An active informatics researcher, Ferranti was the Duke principal investigator on two Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded research projects. The first aimed at developing a model pediatric electronic health record format, and the second evaluating the use of technology to detect and prevent adverse drug events across Duke University Health System. In addition, he ran an innovations project exploring the novel use of iPad and tablet technology in the pediatric critical care. He developed several innovative applications including the Duke Enterprise Data Unified Content Explorer (DEDUCE) and the Duke Integrated Subject Cohort Enrollment Research Network (DISCERN). Both of these projects aim to empower investigators with simple yet secure access to our enterprise data stores.

Ferranti holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics from the Duke Pratt School of Engineering. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is actively involved in numerous patient safety and quality improvement projects across the health system. He is also a practicing neonatologist at Duke University Hospital.

 

Informatics Research Seminar: Computational Systems in Biomedical and Biotechnology Research

September 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Chantel Nicolas, PhD
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

Abstract

This presentation will provide an overview of the use of computational systems and analytics in research. Chantel Nicolas, PhD, will focus on examples in biomedical and biotechnology research at the Julius L. Chamber Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI). Her examples of the use of data will show how research can impact and change health care and knowledge of diseases. Her work illustrates how reproducible quantitative analyses of complex data is related to and impacts human health. She will also provide an overview of the health research at the BBRI and how scientists benefit from data analysis and can be involved in the design of computational systems. Going from biology research to applied health sciences can be a special journey.

Biosketch

Dr. Chantel Nicolas has her PhD in chemistry from Atlanta Clark University. In January, 2016 she completed a post-doc at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Research Triangle Park where she worked on projects to understand better chemical exposures and drug dosage parameters. She did computational work to predict key parameters for near-field chemical exposure prediction models and designed a quantitative model for understanding anomalous occurrences in high throughput in vitro screen data. Chantel is currently working as a staff scientist at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) at NC Central University in Durham, NC. She uses her multidisciplinary research experience in computational modeling to support research and data analysis related to healthcare disparities.

She received her Bacherlor’s degree in Chemistry from Columbia University in 2007. Dr Nicholas did additional research at Fairleigh Dickinson University on the regulation of collagen, elastin, and heat shock proteins by caffeic acid and conducted in-vitro testing on antioxidant activity on polyphenols in the extracellular matrix. Her 2013 dissertation was on tuning the electronic properties of carbon-based nanohybrid materials.

Informatics Research Seminar: Telerehabilitation

September 14 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speakers: Young Joo Kim, PhD, OTR/L and Jennifer Radloff, OTD, OTR/L, CDRS
Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

 

Abstract

This presentation will discuss the use of telerehabilitation in occupational therapy practice and research. The definition of telerehabilitation and current use of the telerehabilitation in occupational therapy will be presented with examples across the life span. In addition, the outcomes of the telerehabilitation intervention study for cardiac arrest survivors as well as ongoing research for people with heart failure will be presented.

Biosketch

Young Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at East Carolina University. His research focuses on the clinical intervention to reduce the impact of chronic fatigue on daily activities in people with chronic conditions. He is currently conducting a clinical experimental study where he is using a video-conferencing system to deliver individualized intervention and health education to people with heart failure and chronic fatigue to examine the effectiveness of those interventions on the impact of fatigue. This intervention was tested in his previous feasibility study on cardiac arrest survivors with chronic fatigue, and the preliminary results showed the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing the impact of fatigue in daily activities.

Dr. Jennifer C. Radloff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at East Carolina University. Her areas of expertise are adult/older adult neurological conditions and driving rehabilitation. She has practiced as an occupational therapy practitioner for over 25+ years in a variety of rehabilitation settings and has incorporated technology into her practice both as a clinician and as an educator. Dr. Radloff has presented at the national and state levels on various topics from neurorehabilitation, driving rehabilitation, interprofessional education, and evidence-based pedagogy methods.

Informatics Research Seminar: Mobile Health Technologies for Precision Medicine

August 31 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

 

Abstract

This presentation will discuss the use of mobile health technologies for precision medicine. An overview of the field will be presented with examples of past and current work in mobile health. Future applications of mobile health will also be presented including the relation to the new NIH Precision Medicine initiative.

Speaker Bio

Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at Duke University. His research seeks to discover how to improve health outcomes and care delivery in patients with chronic illness through the use of mobile health and sensing technologies. He is an NIH funded investigator and leads several ongoing clinical trials which use a variety of wearable and environmental sensors to learn how to deliver real-time care to patients. He also co-leads the Medicine+Engineering “MEDx” Mobile & Wireless Technology Colloquia. The colloquia provides a forum that brings together faculty staff, and students across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences to develop an interdisciplinary community on the use of mobile and wireless technologies for health.

His primary academic appointment is at the Duke University School of Nursing and he has a secondary appointment in the Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine.

 

 

SEMINAR: Sensor Systems for Mobile Health (April 20, 2016)

Speaker is presenting from UNC-CH

Abstract

Mobile health (mHealth) is being utilized in several different forms, e.g. elderly monitoring and home healthcare systems, wellness tracking via wearable and mobile sensing systems, and disease management using mobile devices and services in the cloud. This presentation will discuss various challenges facing mHealth. Two mobile and acoustic sensing systems will be described (MUSICAL HEART and AUDITEUR) and a video demonstration will be presented of on-going collaborative research in an asthma monitoring system (ASHTMA GUIDE).

Speaker Bio

Shahriar Nirjon, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is interested in building practical cyber-physical systems that involve embedded sensors and mobile devices, mobility and connectivity, and mobile data analytics. His work has applications in the area of remote health and wellness monitoring, and mobile health. Dr. Nirjon received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and has won a number of awards including two Best Paper Awards at Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MOBISYS 2014), and the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2012). He has worked as a Research Scientist in the Networking and Mobility Lab at the Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA and as a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA. Several of his works have been highlighted in the electronic and print media, including the Economist, New Scientist, and the BBC.

Broadcast Link: Seminar

Informatics Research Seminar: ECU MyChart Patient Portal

April 13 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Andrew Anderson, MS
Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

Abstract

Patient portals are not new to healthcare. Their inclusion in the Meaningful Use (MU) program has served to increase the number of providers offering them to their patients, however. There is still much to be learned about the best way to engage patients in the use of portals to improve patients’ health and well-being while maximizing the resources offered by the provider. This seminar will explore the use of a patient portal, success metrics in efforts to engage patients, and the future of patient portals.

Speaker Bio

As the Director of Clinical Information Technology at East Carolina University Physicians (ECU-P), Andrew Anderson, MS oversees the day-to-day operations of the Office of Clinical Information Technology. The Office of Clinical IT provides oversight of information technology implementations such as the ECU Electronic Health Record (EHR) and quality initiatives, which include: Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Mr. Anderson holds a Master of Engineering degree from North Carolina State University and a Master of Occupational Health and Safety degree from East Carolina University.

Informatics Research Seminar: Community Health Improvement and Clinical Informatics

April 6 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Michelle Lyn, MBA
Presented from Duke University

 Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

 Abstract

This seminar will address the concept of a “learning health system.” A learning health system can be advanced if informatics with community engagement, the clinical delivery system, and the research enterprise are successfully integrated. The overall efficiency of medicine and the rational basis for decision making will be enhanced as the practical issues of integrating knowledge into clinical care and public health are solved. These will be the focus of the presentation.

Speaker Bio

Michelle Lyn, MBA is a founding member of the Division of Community Health and in 2008 was appointed Chief of the Division, where she holds a leadership role in the creation and expansion of a wide range of collaborative, community-engaged disease prevention and health promotion programs. She planned and directs the Division’s educational programs for trainees and faculty, and serves as a leader for the Duke University Health System for the Community Benefit Community Health Needs Assessment and Responsive Strategic Planning Process. She is also Co-Director for the newly formed Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement.

Informatics Research Seminar: GeoServices in Health Informatics

March 30 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Adam Lee, MBA
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

Abstract

GeoServices is a combination of clinical demographic data, geocoding, and census-demographic data to provide derived analytics about a patient population. The seminar will explore the definition and process of geocoding a clinical population, creating linkages to census-demographical information, such as household incomes and education levels. A creation of derived socio-geographic analytics in a research environment will be analyzed.

Speaker Bio

Adam Lee, MBA holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration. He is, currently, a Research Informatics Specialist for the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. He performs data mining and provisioning for biomedical and health informatics research across multiple disciplines. Additionally, he specializes in integration and interfacing of research technologies and providing new and expanded services for the research community.

Informatics Research Seminar: Cheminformatics-aided Pharmacovigilance: Application to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

March 23 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Alexander Tropsha, PhD
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

 

Abstract

Identifying chemical structures associated with adverse drug reactions (ADRs) such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) can focus surveillance, provide insights for drug design, and help with safer prescriptions. Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models can predict ADRs, and thus provide early warnings of potential hazards. Using VigiBase, a unique collection of international drug safety data maintained by the Uppsala Monitoring Center, a dataset of 364 drugs were analyzed and were positively or negatively associated with SJS. Chemical descriptors were computed from drug molecular structures and machine learning approaches such as Random Forest and Support Vector Machines were used to develop QSAR models. By analyzing QSAR models for descriptor importance, novel chemical alerts were discovered (substructures) for SJS that afforded fewer false positives than previously known alerts. Requiring chemical structures only, QSAR models provide effective computational means to flag potential harmful drugs for subsequent targeted surveillance and pharmacoepidemiological investigations.

Speaker Bio

Alexander Tropsha, Ph.D. is a K.H. Lee Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Pharmacoinformatics and Data Science at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Professor Tropsha obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Enzymology in 1986 from Moscow State University, Russia. He came to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989 as a postdoctoral fellow and became faculty in the School of Pharmacy in 1991. His research interests are in the areas of Computer-Assisted Drug Design, Cheminformatics, Structural Bioinformatics, and Computational Toxicology. He has written and co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, and book chapters, and has co-edited two monographs. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the NIH, NSF, EPA, DOD, as well as private companies.