Our biomedical informatics students contribute to new discoveries every day, but it isn’t every day that their work is on display. Recently, they had the opportunity to present research posters at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Graduate Student Research Forum. They made a strong showing, with PhD student Pieter-Jan (PJ) Van Camp taking second place in the poster competition.

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From left: Erica DePasquale, PJ Van Camp, Charles Kronk and Jim Reigle

UC’s College of Medicine is a big place with even bigger ideas, and the Forum is an annual event that brings it all together. The college invites all of its graduate students to share their current research.

“We strongly encourage our students to present their work and receive feedback as often and early as possible,” says Jarek Meller, PhD, who directs the Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program at UC and Cincinnati Children’s. “This is of course essential in any academic endeavor, but especially so in multidisciplinary fields like biomedical informatics.”

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Second year student PJ Van Camp won second place for his poster on weight entry error detection

Four students represented the program:

  • Second-year student Erica DePasquale: “Anti-Apoptosis Profile at the Maternal-Fetal Interface During Chorioamnionitis.”
  • Second-year student PJ Van Camp: “Rapid Annotation Tool for Weight Entry Error Detection in Pediatric Weight Charts.”
  • First-year student Charles Kronk: “GNOMICS: A One-Stop Shop for Biomedical and Genomic Data.”
  • Second-year student Jim Reigle: “Toward Integration of Transcriptomic and Proteomic Signatures of Cellular Perturbations.”

Faculty and postdoctoral assistants judge the posters and give awards to students with the highest scores. 

“Biomedical informatics has many applications that are closer to the patient’s bedside than you think,” says Van Camp, the second-place winner. “I created an automated method to check whether a patient’s weight is correctly entered in the electronic health record. Although this seems trivial, many drugs given to children are based on their weight, so errors in the system could potentially have serious consequences when it comes to dosing these drugs. Our goal is to create a system that will alert health workers when an incorrect weight is entered.”

Danny T. Y. Wu, PhD, MS, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, served as Van Camp’s faculty adviser on the project. 

Congratulations to all of our PhD students who competed—we are proud of the ways you’re transforming medical research and clinical care!  

Informatics Students Make Strong Showing at Research Forum