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Neil F. Abernethy

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Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (primary appt.)


PhD   Stanford University, 2005   (Biomedical Informatics)
BS   North Carolina State University, 1993   (Applied Math, Biochemistry)

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campus box:   357240
voice:   206-616-2813

Public Health Informatics standards, epidemic models, and molecular epidemiology in the context of global health; scientific and social networks as they pertain to collaborative research; novel 3-D imaging displays; Environmental interventions for infectious disease; high-throughput biology; evolutionary game theory.

Overby CL, Devine EB, Abernethy N, McCune JS, Tarczy-Hornoch P. Making pharmacogenomic-based prescribing alerts more effective: A scenario-based pilot study with physicians. J Biomed Inform. 2015 Jun;55:249-59. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2015.04.011. Epub 2015 May 7.  PMID: 25957826

Carroll LN, Au AP, Detwiler LT, Fu TC, Painter IS, Abernethy NF. Visualization and analytics tools for infectious disease epidemiology: A systematic review. J Biomed Inform. 2014 Oct;51C:287-298. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.04.006. Epub 2014 Apr 16. Review.  PMID: 24747356

Devine EB, Lee CJ, Overby CL, Abernethy N, McCune J, Smith JW, Tarczy-Hornoch P. Usability evaluation of pharmacogenomics clinical decision support aids and clinical knowledge resources in a computerized provider order entry system: a mixed methods approach. Int J Med Inform. 2014 Jul;83(7):473-83. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.04.008. Epub 2014 May 9.  PMID: 24874987    PMCID: PMC4095746

Scott CS, Nagasawa PR, Abernethy NF, Ramsey BW, Martin PJ, Hacker BM, Schwartz HD, Brock DM, Robins LS, Wolf FM, Carter-Dubois M, Disis ML. Expanding assessments of translational research programs: supplementing metrics with value judgments. Eval Health Prof. 2014 Mar;37(1):83-97. doi: 10.1177/0163278713500984. Epub 2013 Sep 23.  PMID: 24064429    PMCID: PMC4012871

Petrochilos D, Shojaie A, Gennari J, Abernethy N. Using random walks to identify cancer-associated modules in expression data. BioData Min. 2013 Oct 15;6(1):17. doi: 10.1186/1756-0381-6-17.  PMID: 24128261    PMCID: PMC4015830