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DBMI Digest July 2021 Issue — Now Available!

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Department of Biomedical Informatics's (DBMI) monthly newsletter, DBMI Digest, is now available to view. Read the July 2021 issue here.  Each DBMI Digest features department & faculty announcements, awards & appointments, educational & HR updates, funding opportunities and more. Each issue also includes a profile of one of our faculty, staff, postdocs and students. 

JAMA Study Reveals Gene Variant Linked to Unnecessary Bone Marrow Biopsies in African Americans

A gene variant that lowers white blood cell levels and is common in individuals with African ancestry contributes to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  The findings from three institutions, led by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, provide an example of how using genetic data could reduce a health disparity. 

DBMI Catalyzing Informatics Innovation (CI2) Program Applications Due July 23, 2021

Applications for the 2021-2022 DBMI Catalyzing Informatics Innovation (CI2) program are now open. The CI2 program supports faculty in the development of early-stage, innovative and impactful informatics-based projects that have the potential to improve health, health care, or discovery. CI2 program awardees receive not only modest funding to pursue their proposed project, but they also join a cohort of CI2 Scholars who work closely with faculty and VUMC leadership. 

FAMIA 2021 Applications Now Open

The application period for candidates who wish to apply to be Fellows of AMIA opened on May 18, 2021, and will be active through July 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.  FAMIA was established by the AMIA board in 2018 in order to recognize members who apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, who have demonstrated professional achievement and leadership, and who have a sustained commitment to the betterment of AMIA. 

Wael Alrifai & Chetan Aher Named Inaugural Winners of VCLIC's Physician Builder Award

Wael Alrifai, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, and Chetan Aher, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, are the inaugural winners of the Physician Builder Award, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC). They received trophies made from Lego building blocks and gift certificates. 

DBMI Welcomes New Employees

Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMI, DBMI Chair, and Elizabeth Brown, DBMI Chief Business Officer would like to extend their welcome to our newest employees who have joined the department:  Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI)

DBMI Digest June 2021 Issue — Now Available!

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Department of Biomedical Informatics's (DBMI) monthly newsletter, DBMI Digest, is now available to view. Read the June 2021 issue here.  Each DBMI Digest features department & faculty announcements, awards & appointments, educational & HR updates, funding opportunities and more. Each issue also includes a profile of one of our faculty, staff, postdocs and students.