Big Data and Biomarkers in Lung Disease Subjects of March 8 DOM Research Seminar Lectures

NOTE: Dr. Lussier talk in this lecture is postponed until the June 7, 2018, DOM Research Seminar; For the current speakers and topics for March 8, CLICK HERE.

Dr. Stefano GuerraA powerhouse lineup will greet attendees at the next University of Arizona Department of Medicine Research Seminar Series lectures, Thursday, March 8, noon-1 p.m., in Room 5403, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Stefano Guerra, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of medicine, UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; professor of public health, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; the Henry E. Dahberg Chair in Asthma Research at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson; director, population science, UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center; and UA BIO5 Institute member, will speak on "Biomarkers in Lung Disease: CC16 as a Paradigm."

Dr. Yves LussierYves A Lussier, MD, FAMCI, a professor of medicine and statistics (Graduate Interdisciplinary Program – GIDP); director, UA Health Sciences Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics; associate director, informatics, Flyer for March 8 DOM Research SeminarUA BIO5 Institute; and associate vice president and chief knowledge officer, UA Health Sciences, will talk about “Designing Smaller and Faster Clinical Trials via Provoked ’omics Responses Predictive of Disease.”

Click to view, download, post and share the flyer for this event:  dom-research-seminar_03-08-2018_flyer.pdf

About Dr. Guerra

Dr. Guerra recently was awarded a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a unit of the NIH, for a study entitled “CC16 in Childhood and Resilience to Persistent Asthma into Adult Life,” to investigate whether management of a protein found in distal airways of the lungs could decrease the likelihood of persistence of childhood asthma into adulthood.

Dr. Guerra also will be talking about “Biomarkers” at the March 2 lecture (in BIO5 Room 103, 9-11 a.m.) for the Spring Colloquium on Problems in Complex Diseases, hosted by Donata Vercelli, MD, director, UA’s Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases.

After receiving his medical degree at the University of Milan, Italy, Dr. Guerra came to the UA, where he completed a master’s degree in public health, and earned a doctorate in epidemiology with a minor in genetics. He has been on the UA faculty since 2003.

His main academic interests include the natural history and phenotypic overlap of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the childhood roots of adult lung diseases, and use of biomarkers and genomic tools to identify molecular components and develop tailored interventions in lung disease. His research has been continuously funded for the last 15 years through the National Institutes of Health, Francis Family Foundation, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and American Thoracic Society.

About Dr. Lussier

Dr. Lussier, a professional engineer and physician-scientist, is an international expert in translational bioinformatics and a pioneer in research informatics techniques including systems biology, data representation through ontologies and high-throughput methods in personalized medicine.

At the UA, Dr. Lussier is leading efforts to fully develop novel programs in biomedical informatics, computational genomics and precision health. He provides critical leadership in efforts to advance precision health approaches to health outcomes and healthcare delivery and in the development of big data analytical tools and resource services in support of the University’s clinical research and service missions.

Dr. Lussier comes to UA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he was professor of medicine, bioengineering and biopharmaceutical sciences, and assistant vice president for health affairs and chief research information officer for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Before that, he was associate director of informatics for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as co-director of biomedical informatics for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)-funded Institute for Translational Medicine (2006-2011). From 2001-2006, he was an assistant professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Lussier’s research interests focus on the use of ontologies, knowledge technologies and genomic network model to accurately individualize the treatment of disease and to repurpose therapies. His research has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has authored 130 publications and delivered more than 100 invited presentations in precision medicine, systems medicine and translational bioinformatics, including 14 opening conference keynotes.

Prior & Future DOM Research Seminars

Drs. Jarrod Mosier and Steve BlackYou’ll find video and a photo gallery for the Feb. 8 lectures by Critical Care Fellowship Program associate director Jarrod M. Mosier, MD— “Translating Research to a Life Saved”—and Lung Vascular Pathology Program director Stephen M. Black, PhD— “Metabolic Reprogramming in Pulmonary Hypertension”—on the DOM Research Seminar Series webpage at this link.

Drs. John Galgiani and Vivian ShiAt the same link, you’ll see that UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence director John Galgiani, MD, and the UA Division of Dermatology’s Vivian Shi, MD, will be the speakers for the April 12 DOM Research Seminar.

The DOM Research Seminar lectures began in September 2016 to showcase the remarkable breadth of medical research conducted at the University of Arizona. They pair a junior and senior investigator from different divisions who each speak for 20-25 minutes followed by 5-to-10-minute Q&A sessions. Each seminar is held on the second Thursday of the month between September and June, noon-1 p.m., UAHS Room 5403. They are simulcast live to Banner – University Medical Center South, Conference Room 3030, 2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson. And a light lunch is served in the style of Medicine Grand Rounds.

—David Mogollón

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Release Date: 
02/16/2018 - 5:45pm