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“Singnificant sparse polygenic risk scores across 813 traits in UK Biobank"

March 24, 2022. In collaboration with Hastie and Tibshirani labs, Rivas lab members, including a recent alumnus of the BMI program and first author Yosuke Tanigawa, report in PLoS Genetics regarding the systematic characterization and assessment of polygenic risk scores more than 800 traits in UK Biobank.


“90 Seconds with Lisa Kim”: Genome sequencing sets Guinness World Record [featuring Euan Ashley]

February 23, 2022. A new ultra-rapid genome sequencing approach developed by Stanford Medicine scientists sets the first Guinness World Record for the fastest DNA sequencing technique, producing results for one study participant in just over five hours. Euan Ashley is interviewed in this short video.


Advancing the Case for Data Intermediaries

February 16, 2022. A new report from the World Economic Forum calls for third-party data protection. This approach would respect individual rights and benefit companies and society. DBDS faculty researcher James Zou is interviewed in this HAI News release. 

Deploying AI in Healthcare: Separating the Hype from the Helpful

February 15, 2022. DBDS Professor Nigam Shah assesses the state of AI in healthcare and encourages executives to think beyond the model.

Unstructured clinical notes within the 24 hours since admission predict short, mid & long-term mortality in adult ICU patients

January 31, 2022. DBDS faculty researcher Suzanne Tamang [pictured here] and her colleagues from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Department of Energy published a research article in PLoS One on using clinical notes in combination with structured data for the prediction of ICU outcomes. 

A blood test to predict surgical complications? 

January 28, 2022. DBDS faculty researcher Nima Aghaeepour and colleagues "have led a national study showing that a blood-based test they developed can predict which patients are at higher risk of surgical complications, such as infection, and therefore will benefit the most from getting in shape for an upcoming surgery."

James Zou: Trust is AI’s most critical contribution to health care

January 21, 2022. "AI can reveal remarkable medical insights, but only if patients and doctors have faith in it. Thus, trust has become AI’s singular goal, says this expert in the field." Russ Altman hosts this Future of Everything podcast episode. 

Research explores how scammers take advantage of COVID-19

January 14, 2022. "While the pandemic brought out the best in many people -- including those who delivered food to elderly neighbors, sewed masks and risked their lives to care for afflicted patients -- it also created opportunities for lawbreakers. Health care fraudsters took advantage of federal agencies' and private insurers' relaxed rules, which allowed patients to be treated without having to visit hospitals and clinics, said Tina Hernandez-Boussard, PhD, associate professor of biomedical informatics and of biomedical data science."

Presentation Recording: Reconstructing Cell-Cell Interactions in the Tumor Microenvironment with Sylvia Plevritis

January 13, 2022. The Cambridge Center for AI in Medicine and Director Mihaela van der Schaar hosted a special seminar by DBDS Chair Sylvia Plevritis. The recording is now available on YouTube. 

T cell characteristics associated with toxicity to immune checkpoint blockade in patients with melanoma

January 13, 2022. “Checkpoint inhibition has revolutionized oncology, but unfortunately many patients given the strongest forms of this cancer therapy will experience severe side effects,” said Aaron Newman, PhD. “We wanted to know if we could use data science to determine in advance who will be vulnerable to these toxicities.” Newman is the senior author on a paper describing this research, published in Nature Medicine

Fastest DNA sequencing technique helps undiagnosed patients find answers in mere hours

January 12, 2022. "A research effort led by Stanford scientists [including DBDS faculty researcher Euan Ashley] set the first Guinness World Record for the fastest DNA sequencing technique, which was used to sequence a human genome in just 5 hours and 2 minutes.

Gill Bejerano: How cryptogenomics advances both science and privacy

January 5, 2022. Uniting computer science, mathematics and genomics, Professor Gill Bejerano hopes to expand access to DNA while also keeping it secret. In this Future of Everything podcast, DBDS faculty researcher Gill Bejerano is interviewed by podcast host Russ Altman.