Prof. Marylyn D. Ritchie, Professor in the Department of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

TITLE: Leveraging Electronic Health Records for Precision Health

ABSTRACT:Biomedical data science has experienced an explosion of new data over the past decade. Abundant genetic and genomic data are increasingly available in large, diverse data sets due to the maturation of modern molecular technologies. Along with these molecular data, dense, rich phenotypic data are also available on comprehensive clinical data sets from health care provider organizations, clinical trials, population health registries, and epidemiologic studies. The methods and approaches for interrogating these large genetic/genomic and clinical data sets continue to evolve rapidly, as our understanding of the questions and challenges continues to develop. Through applying bioinformatics, statistics, and machine learning approaches to the rich phenotypic data of the EHR, these data can be mined to identify new and interesting patterns of disease expression and relationships.  We have been exploring various translational bioinformatics technologies for evaluating the phenomic landscape to improve our understanding of complex traits.  These techniques show great promise for the future of precision medicine and precision health.

BIO: Marylyn D. Ritchie, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Director of the Center for Translational Bioinformatics, Associate Director for Bioinformatics in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Ritchie is also Associate Director for the Penn Center for Precision Medicine. Dr. Ritchie is a translational bioinformatics scientist, biomedical informatician, and computational human geneticist with a focus on developing novel approaches for understanding the relationship between our genome and human phenotypes. Dr. Ritchie has over 20 years of experience in the analysis of complex data and has authored over 350 publications.  Dr. Ritchie has received several awards and honors including selection as a Genome Technology Rising Young Investigator in 2006, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2010, a KAVLI Frontiers of Science fellow by the National Academy of Science from 2011-2014, and she was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 2020.  Dr Ritchie is also the host of two podcasts: she co-hosts The Biomedical Informatics Roundtable podcast with Dr. Jason Moore and she is the solo host of The CALM Podcast: Combining Academia and Life with Marylyn.
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