Georgia Tourassi will discuss this month's JAMIA Journal Club selection:
Tourassi G, Yoon HJ, Xu S, Han X.
The utility of web mining for epidemiological research: studying the association between parity and cancer risk. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Nov 27. pii: ocv141. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv141. [Epub ahead of print]
Georgia Tourassi is the Director of the Health Data Sciences Institute at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1987) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University (1993). She received the Young Investigator's Award from NIH (1994) and the Whitaker Foundation (1996). Before joining ORNL, Dr. Tourassi was Professor of Radiology and the Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke University Medical Center, where she currently holds an Adjunct Professor position. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, medical imaging, and computer-aided decision support. Her medical imaging research has been featured in several publications including The Economist and recently won an R&D 100 award (2014). Latest research work is focused on the use of cyber-informatics for cancer related epidemiological discovery, which was selected as a finalist for 2015 R&D awards. She has authored over 250 peer-reviewed journal papers, conference proceedings papers, and book chapters. Dr. Tourassi serves on NIH grant review study sections as charter member. She has also served on the FDA advisory committee on computer-aided diagnosis devices. She is senior member of several scientific societies (IEEE, INNS, SPIE, AAAS, BMES). In 2015 she was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
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Matthew K. Breitenstein, PhD, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic
The PubMed citation for the paper under discussion is:
Tourassi G, Yoon HJ, Xu S, Han X. The utility of web mining for epidemiological research: studying the association between parity and cancer risk. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Nov 27. pii: ocv141. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv141. [Epub ahead of print]
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Statement of Purpose
The World Wide Web has emerged as a powerful data source for epidemiological studies related to infectious disease surveillance. However, its potential for cancer-related epidemiological discoveries is largely unexplored.
The Tourassi et al. study evaluated the feasibility of web mining as a big data-driven knowledge discovery mechanism for exploring the association between parity, defined as the number of births a woman has had, and cancer risk. By comparing study findings with the findings reported in traditional epidemiological studies, the authors examined the feasibility, reliability, and limitations of web mining for epidemiological discoveries in cancer.
It may be promising for data scientists to use this strategy to generate study hypotheses for guiding and prioritizing future epidemiological studies.
The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in biomedical and health informatics.
After this live activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Explore the strategy of using a web mining approach to generate study hypotheses for epidemiological studies.
Georgia D. Tourassi, PhD
Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Center
Computational Sciences and Engineering Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
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Faculty: Georgia Tourassi
JAMIA Journal Club planners: Mary Regina Boland, Matthew Breitenstein
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein
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- Received Grant/Research support from the National Institutes of Health
- Is an unpaid member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Clarity Medical Systems
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