The Age of Predictive Medicine

Speaker: Ben Reis, PhD, at Boston Children's Hospital

Date: October 16, 2020 at 09:30AM - 10:30AM

Dr. Ben Reis discussed recent developments in machine learning approaches to some of the grandest challenges of human health, including pandemic prediction, suicide prevention, bioterrorism detection, and drug safety prediction. The focus was on understanding both the methodological challenges involved and the ramifications of generating actionable predictions in these critical areas. The talk concluded by formulating a set of central challenges and opportunities facing the field of Predictive Medicine.

Dr. Ben Reis is the Director of the Predictive Medicine Group at the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental patterns of human disease and on developing novel approaches for predicting disease. He has created systems that allow doctors to predict dangerous clinical conditions years in advance, including suicide and domestic abuse, as well as predictive pharmacology systems that allow drug safety professionals to identify life-threatening adverse drug effects years in advance. Dr. Reis has advised the US government on establishing national biodefense systems in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Hong Kong government on building health infrastructure in response to the SARS pandemic, the Greek government on establishing biodefense systems for the Athens Summer Olympics, and the Chinese Government in advance of the Beijing Summer Olympics. He has been honored at the White House for his work on harnessing social networks to promote health, and was named one of the top health innovators in the world by the US State Department and NASA.


Publications

Geisler BP, Zahabi L, Lang AE, Eastwood N, Tennant E, Lukic L, Sharon E, Chuang HH, Kang CB, Clayton-Johnson K, Aljaberi A, Yu H, Bui C, Le Mau T, Li WC, Teodorescu D, Hinske LC, Sun DL, Manian FA, Dunn AG. Repurposing existing medications for coronavirus disease 2019: protocol for a rapid and living systematic review. Systematic reviews 2021.

Börcsök J, Diossy M, Sztupinski Z, Prosz A, Tisza V, Spisak S, Rusz O, Stormoen DR, Pappot H, Csabai I, Brunak S, Mouw KW, Szallasi Z. Detection of Molecular Signatures of Homologous Recombination Deficiency in Bladder Cancer. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research 2021.

Geva A, Albert BD, Hamilton S, Manning MJ, Barrett MK, Mirchandani D, Harty M, Morgan EC, Kleinman ME, Mehta NM. eSIMPLER: A Dynamic, Electronic Health Record-Integrated Checklist for Clinical Decision Support During PICU Daily Rounds. Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies 2021.

Li J, Tiwari A, Mirzakhani H, Wang AL, Kho AT, McGeachie MJ, Litonjua AA, Weiss ST, Tantisira KG. Circulating MicroRNA: Incident Asthma Prediction and Vitamin D Effect Modification. Journal of personalized medicine 2021.

Larsen RJ, Gagoski B, Morton SU, Ou Y, Vyas R, Litt J, Grant PE, Sutton BP. Quantification of magnetic resonance spectroscopy data using a combined reference: Application in typically developing infants. NMR in biomedicine 2021.