Recent News

Christiaan Rees, 2018 QBS PhD graduate and fourth year Geisel School of Medicine student was recently named a 2019-20 Syvertsen Scholar.  Dr. Rees' PhD research focused primarily on the use of computational methods, including machine learning techniques, to identify biomarkers produced by pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Read more here.
Scott Gerber, PhD, professor of professor of molecular and systems biology and of biochemistry and cell biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, QBS faculty member, and program director of the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Research Program at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), has been named the Kenneth E. and Carol L. Weg Distinguished Professor. An expert in mass spectrometry and proteomics, Gerber is the first to hold this newly established professorship given by Kenneth Weg D ’60 and his wife, Carol Weg. Read more here.
"With great power comes great responsibility." Forbes Magazine interviews Dr. Alexander Titus, a 2018 Graduate of QBS, now the Assistant Director of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Technology in the US Department of Defense. Read more here.

Geisel’s Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Program Graduates First 4+1 Student: Despina Karalis D '18, Guarini '19 is the first "4+1 student" to receive a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) program. Read more here.

Geisel Receives $12.5 Million NIH COBRE Grant to Establish Center for Quantitative Biology: "The training we’ve done with grad students in our QBS program has been very successful in merging different fields,” says lead principle investigator, Dr. Mike Whitfield. “The big focus now will be to take that to the faculty level and encourage people to cross disciplines and work together in ways that are really more than the sum of their parts.” Read more here.

Saeed Hassanpour, PhD, a QBS faculty member and an assistant professor of biomedical data science and of epidemiology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, and of computer science at Dartmouth College, has received the 2019 Agilent Early Career Professor Award. Read more here.
Research from Dartmouth’s Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program formed the backbone of technical information used by the state of New Hampshire in its recent decision to reduce arsenic levels in public drinking water in the state. Read more here. Epidemiology Department Chair, Margaret Karagas, PhD, a QBS faculty member is the Director of  Dartmouth's Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program.  She is also Director of the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center and Center for Molecular Epidemiology.
Two undergraduate students who are students of two QBS faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Goldwater scholarship.  Jason Wei '20 is a student of Professor Saeed Hassenpour and Emma Easterman '20 is a student of Professor Olga Zhaxybayeva.  Congratulations to Jason and Emma!   Read more here.
Jennifer Emond, MS, PhD, assistant professor of  Biomedical Data Science and Pediatrics and QBS Faculty Member is leading a Dartmouth research team aimed to extend previous research and develop a brief, parent-reported scale to measure external food cue responsiveness for preschool-age children that could be employed easily in their natural environments.Their study, Measurement of external food cue responsiveness in preschool-age children: Preliminary evidence for the use of the external food cue responsiveness scale is newly published in the journal, AppetiteRead more here.
James O’Malley, MS, PhD, a professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and of biomedical data science at the Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, has received the 2019 ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Award for Excellence in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Methodology. Read more here.
Duane Compton, Dean of the Geisel Medical School has announced that Michael L. Whitfield, PhD, has been named the chair of the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Read more here.

Saeed Hassanpour, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and of Epidemiology and a QBS Faculty member, “Clinical implementation of our system would be able to assist pathologists for accurate classification of lung cancer subtypes, which is critical for prognosis and treatment.”

Geisel Announces New Master of Science Degree in Quantitative Epidemiology “I am very pleased to launch this new degree program that brings together our faculty from different disciplines to cross-train students in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and biostatistics to prepare them for a variety of future professional experiences,” says Duane Compton, PhD, dean of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Read More

Megan Romano, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of epidemiology and QBS faculty member, leads a project investigating perfluoroalkyl substances and their effect on gestational weight gain, breastfeeding, and early life growth.  The project, funded by a National Institutes of Health COBRE grant (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence), is entitled "Effects of Perfluoroalkyl Substances on Gestational Weight Gain, Breastfeeding, and Early Life Growth"Read an article about this research as published in the New Hampshire Union Leader.  Read the article here.

New Machine Learning Method Could Spare Some Women from Unnecessary Breast Surgery
A Dartmouth research team,  led by QBS and Biomedical Data Science faculty member Saeed Hassanpour, found a machine learning method to predict the likelihood that a high-risk ADH breast lesion is cancerous, potentially saving some women from unnecessary surgeries and overtreatment. Read more

Kwame Wiredu, 1st year PhD student awarded scholarship to MDI Biological Laboratory’s 2019 Applied Bioinformatics Program

Each year, MDI Laboratories organize hands-on Applied Bioinformatics program for early career scientists interested in incorporating bioinformatics into their research. This year, Kwame Wiredu (1st year QBS PhD Student) is one of 2 students receiving full sponsorship from the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center to represent the college in Salisbury Cove, Maine this Summer for the Applied Bioinformatics course. Kwame is passionate about molecular epidemiology and biomarker discovery and is constantly exploring avenues to acquire new skills for his career goal. This course will employ tools such as UNIX command line, Galaxy, Bio-conductor, Biomart, the UCSC Genome Browser, KEGG, Gene Ontology, random forests, and support vector machines to mine meaningful insights into biomedical data such as human or mouse gene expression.

QBS and TDI faculty member James O’Malley publishes article in Statistics in Medicine

The paper “Modeling a Bivariate Residential-Workplace Neighborhood Effect when Estimating the Effect of Proximity to Fast-Food Establishments on Body Mass Index” by James O’Malley and colleagues was published online in Statistics in Medicine on November 20, 2018 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/sim.8039).This paper makes an important advance in the statistical methodology for hierarchical models by allowing the latent or random effects of a neighborhood to have a bivariate impact through both residential and workplace exposure to fast-food establishments on an individuals’ Body Mass Index (BMI). The paper solves a general gap in at the intersection of statistical methodology and statistical computing that occurs when a clustering variable impacts outcomes through multiple possibly correlated forms of exposure. The research team was led by Dr. James O'Malley and included colleagues at Dartmouth, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, all co-authors on this paper.

QBS and Biomedical Data Science Faculty member Jennifer Emond quoted in Reuters Article

“These young children don’t buy these cereals on their own. Instead, it’s likely that children see TV ads for these cereals and then ask their parents to buy the advertised brands,” says the assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine.
Read more at: http://dartgo.org/quoteedmond6.

Geisel Researchers Employ Machine Learning on Instagram Data to Identify Substance Use Risk
Results from an innovative new study conducted by a team of researchers at Geisel, including QBS faculty member Saeed Hassanpour, are the first to show that machine learning approaches can be used to identify potential substance use risk behavior, such as alcohol use, among social media users. Read more

Stem Cell Transplantation May Aid Hard-to-Treat Scleroderma Patients
Results from a new study led by researchers, Michael Whitfield and Jennifer Franks, at Geisel and presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, showed that stem cell transplantation was beneficial to scleroderma patients who don’t respond to current immunosuppressive therapies. Read more

Dartmouth Institute Receives $3.5M Grant for Research Aimed at Preventing Acute Kidney Injury During Cardiac Catheterization
A research team led by Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Jeremiah Brown, PhD, MS, recently was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH) to test preventative interventions for acute kidney injury (AKI) occurring as the result of cardiac catheterization. Read more 

Dartmouth Institute Research Updates: Better Information = Better Health Outcomes
New study on referral paths in the U.S. physician network related to U.S. cardiovascular treatment records; a better way to measure long-term survival rate for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) vs. carotid stenting (CAS). Recaps of the latest Dartmouth Institute research

Barbara C. Jobst, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine and section chief in the department of neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, has been named the Louis and Ruth Frank Professor in Neuroscience.

Dr. Diane Gilbert Diamond, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Director of QBS, has been awarded two grants by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH). Dr. Gilbert- Diamond was awarded an R01 (NIH Research Project Grant) in July of 2018. This study will employ a multidisciplinary approach to study childhood obesity and potential interactions between genetic factors and environmental food cues on brain reward system activity and excess consumption. This study is critical to understanding the etiology of child obesity and guiding future obesity prevention research. Read more

Dr. Gilbert-Diamond was also awarded an R21 (NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant) in September of 2018. This research aims to investigate the causal pathways among media multi-tasking, attention to food cues and eating in the absence of hunger. This research is critical to understanding the effects of the prevalent practice of media multi-tasking on cued overeating that may have important public health consequences. Read more

Dr. Annie Hoen was awarded an R01 in biomedical informatics from the National Library of Medicine in August, 2018. The work funded by this grant will build new computational tools for integrating multi-omic data for quantitatively describing the interactions within human-associated microbial communities, and how they can be associated with disease risk. Also contributing to this work are Dr. Margaret Karagas, Dr. Juliette Madan and Dr. Jason Moore and Dr. Hongzhe Li at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hoen is welcomes inquiries from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in developing projects related to these goals. Read more