Tag Archive: Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Aug 16 2019

Serving Up Reproducible, Shareable Research: Q&A With Will Struebing

The Arcus team at the Research Institute is solving a number of challenges at once: Decrease the time it takes for researchers to access data, increase the reproducibility of research, ensure data security, and speed up the rate of breakthroughs. Will Struebing loves that his role as supervisor of Scientific Computing for the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi) pulls him in many directions. In this fourth in a series of Cornerstone posts about the convergence of talent and expertise to build Arcus — an internal program that is providing findable, reusable, trustworthy research data — find out more about Struebing and how his DevOps team is enabling cloud-first development efforts.

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Jul 19 2019

A Summer for the Books: Life as a CRISSP Student at the Research Institute

Editor’s note: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) is a competitive and dynamic internship that provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience in academic research, exposure to various facets of a career in pediatric research and/or medicine, and direct mentoring by CHOP faculty. In this guest blog, Cindy Hong, a rising third-year student at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, gives a glimpse into her experience as a 2019 CRISSP scholar embarking on the immersive 10-week internship — from learning new skills in biomedical and health informatics in the lab of Laura Almasy, PhD, to making new friends, to determining if research is a career she wants to pursue.

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Jul 16 2019

Arcus Library Science Team at Forefront of Discovery: Q&A With Spencer Lamm, MLIS

Start new collaborations. Find valuable data. Create cohorts that can seed new research endeavors. These are some of the key drivers for Arcus, an internal strategic program designed for researchers to more intuitively navigate clinical and research data produced by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Research Institute. Essentially, that means making the promising wealth of data in Arcus discoverable. 

In this Cornerstone post, meet Spencer Lamm, MLIS, supervisor of Library Science within the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi), who is adopting standards and practices for managing large volumes of data at places like NASA to make the new Arcus Archives a source of reliable, reproducible data for CHOP researchers long-term.

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May 3 2019

Where Discovery Leads: New Phone App for Name Recognition to Aid Autism Screening

By Nancy McCann

Editor’s Note: Where Discovery Leads is a multimedia storytelling project that delves into key research themes at CHOP Research Institute. This is part two of a three-part series that focuses on novel diagnostic tools and approaches being developed under the leadership of the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. See part 1 and part 3 of this series.

A child’s diminished response to hearing his or her name has long been recognized as a red flag for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and now researchers have developed a phone app to quantitatively measure this behavior as a way to help screen for this complex neurodevelopmental diagnosis.

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Mar 25 2019

Greater Access, Greater Information, Greater Responsibility: Q&A With Dianna Reuter, JD

Arcus is a unique data environment that will one day host many research data sets from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, all of which will have their own formats and regulatory requirements. As a research data privacy analyst for Arcus, Dianna Reuter, JD’s, goal is to build a house where all of those data sets — whether they’re related to human subjects research, or genomic studies, or come from abroad and are subject to other countries’ privacy laws — can have a home that is accessible but stays secure to protect privacy.

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Jul 13 2018

In the News: ALSF Epidemiology Grant, Button Battery Guidelines, PolicyLab Anniversary, EHR-Phenolyzer, Distracted Driving

In this week’s roundup of headlines at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, our research takes a leap into real-world applications. Learn how a study from ear, nose, and throat experts at CHOP helped to inform new button battery injury guidelines from the National Poison Center, why a software tool that mines through genomics data can improve genetic diagnoses, and what PolicyLab plans to achieve at their upcoming 10thanniversary forum, “Charting New Frontiers in Children’s Health Policy and Practice.” Don’t miss a chance to discover the latest in research news!

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Feb 28 2018

Better Biobanking a Best Bet for Rare Disease Research

Editor’s Note: Families facing a rare disease diagnosis often do not know where to turn first in their search for the most advanced treatments and potentially a cure for their children. Only 5 percent of rare diseases have a treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. This is due in part to the lack of high quality biospecimens for research.

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Aug 17 2017

Did a New App Facilitate Faster, Easier Dermatology Consults for Families?

Nobody enjoys sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, especially when they have an uncomfortable skin condition. A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia study team tested a direct-to-consumer mobile app designed to facilitate routine dermatologic consultations for children and adolescents. The pilot study results showed the telemedicine technology was acceptable, easy to use, and expedited care.

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Jun 7 2016

Lots to Cheer About in Bench to Bedside

Bench to BedsideYippee! Hooray! Woo-hoo! We’d like to take a few moments to celebrate the recent accolades given to scientists and physician researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute who are featured in the latest issue of Bench to Bedside, our monthly newsmagazine.

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Mar 4 2016

CHOP Research In the News: DNA Scrunching, Video Games, Smart Drugs

CHOP Research In the NewsThis week’s stories from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia include the use of big data to understand a tiny molecular mechanism central to how cells function, a clinical trial of video games for improving attention, and the neurodevelopmental effects of so-called “smart drugs.”

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