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Latest Hospital Ratings Not as Straightforward as They Appear – Valley News

Lebanon — Giving consumers a simple tool to guide them in seeking better health care was the purpose when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week issued star ratings for 3,662 American hospitals.

At least CMS got the “simple” part right.

The star ratings are intended to “provide consumers with information about multiple dimensions of quality in a single score,” Pierre Yong, acting director of CMS’ quality measurement and value-based incentive group, said in a recent conference call.

BMDS's David Qian awarded the 2016 John W. Strohbehn Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research

Lebanon, NH

On June 11, David Qian PhD ’16 (Quantitative Biomedical Sciences) was awarded the 2016 John W. Strohbehn Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research at the Dartmouth College's Graduate Investiture Ceremony. The Strohbehn Award is awarded annually to a graduating Ph.D. candidate who best exemplifies qualities of a scientific scholar--intellectual curiosity, dedication, and commitment to the pursuit of new scientific knowledge and to teaching--as well as a sense of social responsibility to the research community.

Biomedical Informatics: Creating Computational Strategies and Tools to Advance Research

Many of us may recognize biomedical informatics as the technology that was used in the Human Genome Project, which was launched around 1990. However, many people may not realize the breadth of this interdisciplinary field that draws upon computer science, computer engineering, information science, and cognitive psychology—where scientists develop ways to store, retrieve, organize, and analyze biological and health data.

Better Health Through Better Data

Dartmouth Institute Researcher James O’Malley Receives Funding for a 3-Year Project Aimed at Enhancing Statistical Methods in Order to Improve the Quality of Health Information for Patients with Vascular Disease

Risk alleles for environment-depended diseases are selectively neutral

Reviewing thousands of genome wide associate studies (GWAS) to identify genetic variants in single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), investigators at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that some alleles (one of a pair of genes located on a specific chromosome) are more frequently risk-associated with disease than protective. The research, conducted by Ivan P. Gorlov, PhD, Olga Y. Gorlova, PhD, and Christopher I.

David Qian, M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Geisel School of Medicine, wins Best Poster Award at the 22nd International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference in San Francisco, CA

David Qian is a 4th-year MD/PhD student and a 2nd-year graduate student in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences program. His research in Chris Amos's lab is on the characterization and prediction of risk for common cancers through pathway analysis of genome-wide association studies. David would like to apply his current bioinformatics training to a future career in precision medicine and translational research.

Dr. Olga Gorlova appointmented to the Cancer Biomarkers Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Olga Y. Gorlova has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Cancer Biomarkers Study Section, Center for Scientific Review for the term beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2021. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.