SUMMER 2022 HEADLINES

UF experts propose creation of new guidelines for biomedical research using causal prediction models

Prediction models, including those that use AI technology, can be prone to data bias. Causal inference could help AI models overcome blind spots that lead to bias. In a new article, University of Florida researchers and colleagues propose a protocol to develop the first reporting guidelines on causal prediction models to improve the overall quality, transparency and reproducibility of results produced by studies using these models.

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UF Health appoints chief data scientist

Jiang Bian, Ph.D., has been named UF Health chief data scientist, with a goal of aiding researchers as they move into a new frontier of using biomedical informatics to improve health care policy and practice. Bian will develop and support data scientists across data types and diseases, help improve research infrastructure, and expand data science and translational science research endeavors.

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UF Health expedites clinical data sharing across UF

To expedite clinical data delivery, UF Health’s data experts are introducing ready-for-use, UF Institutional Review Board-approved patient record registries. A new dataset has just been released featuring details about more than 300,000 patients diagnosed with or suspected of having cancer at UF Health since Jan. 1, 2012. It is available for use by anyone within the UF and UF Health community. 

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UF Health unveils imaging machine, one of 42 in world, to tackle difficult cancers

UF Health is now the first site in the southeastern United States to house a groundbreaking device that will provide personalized cancer treatment by combining extremely detailed magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, with precision radiotherapy. The 1.5-Tesla MRI-guided linear accelerator paves the way for new therapeutic options for patients with the most challenging types of cancers, such as pancreatic and liver and tumors that have metastasized or spread into soft tissues.

Robert Zlotecki, M.D., Ph.D., a professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the department of radiation oncology, and Traci d’Auguste, chief operating officer for UF Health, with the Elekta Unity MR-Linac, which was unveiled July 21 at the UF Health Davis Cancer Pavilion and is now available for patient care.

UF study: Physical activity, diet improve after bariatric surgery, but do not meet recommended levels

In a long-term study of adults who have undergone bariatric weight loss surgery, University of Florida researchers found participants’ physical activity and diet quality improved after surgery, but fell short of federal physical activity guidelines. Young-Rock Hong, Ph.D., M.P.H., a UF Health Cancer Center member, was the study’s lead author.

Using space research to help cancer patients

Nutrients are poorly absorbed in space. Sadasivan Vidyasagar, MBBS, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, explains how a combination of UF radiation oncology and space research is helping cancer patients.

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UF nursing students, researchers EMBRACE collaboration for palliative care

Through a collaboration, University of Florida College Nursing students had the opportunity to work with and learn from seasoned researchers on a successful pilot study that found potential mutual benefits of caregivers giving daily massages to patients receiving hospice and palliative care.  

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Biochemist studying how cells defend against viruses joins UF Scripps Biomedical Research

A new scientist joining UF Scripps Biomedical Research, James M. Burke, Ph.D., is exploring how our innate immune system protects us from viruses — including the pandemic coronavirus — and how viruses evade these defenses. His work may contribute to new approaches for treating inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer and more.

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UF researchers discover new way to inhibit virus that causes COVID-19

When the virus that causes COVID-19 enters the body, it hijacks cellular proteins and suppresses the human inflammatory response, allowing the virus to spread. University of Florida researchers have discovered a novel way in the lab to fight rapidly evolving strains of coronaviruses by breaking that cycle. 

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