Biomedical Informatics and Translational Epidemiology: Marriage Made in Heaven?
In the world of ever growing biomedical data, patient care can be improved with multidisciplinary science including information science, medicine, genetics, and epidemiology. The concept of translational epidemiology has been defined as a fundamental science for moving laboratory discoveries into public health practice. Translational epidemiology has particular applications for primary prevention of cancer and gynecologic disease, which has been the focus of Dr. Linkov’s work for more than a decade. This presentation will focus on several projects implemented by Dr. Linkov that are at the interface of biomedical informatics and translational epidemiology. An important aspect of this work is identifying and harnessing existing data such as that from cancer registry, tissue repositories, PubMed, DBMI TIES system, UPMC Health plan, and many others, and turning these data into actionable knowledge. This work has important implications for personalized medicine. For example, Dr. Linkov recently published a series of articles demonstrating improvement in patient centered outcomes following the integration of clinical pathways for hysterectomy into the UPMC Health System workflow. Also, Dr. Linkov recently implemented a study focusing on the development of a decision support model for acoustic neuroma, rare form of acoustic nerve tumor. The goal of this presentation is to overview and discuss multidisciplinary research opportunities in the fields of biomedical informatics and epidemiology and identify opportunities for collaboration.