My name is Mary Regina Boland. I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and an Affiliate Member of the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at University of Pennsylvania. I am also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health informatics (DBHi) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I lead the Fertility and Health Informatics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA). I have published over 70 peer-reviewed publications in journals and respected informatics conferences, including 50 as either first or senior-author!!! I am also senior-author on one book chapter! Recently, I was an Associate Editor of a special issue at JAMIA on sex and gender-related health, see our editorial here!!!
I have performed paradigm-changing research demonstrating the utility of electronic health records for integrating clinical phenotypes with environmental exposures using information routinely collected during clinical care. My pioneering work launched a new branch of informatics research that integrates exposures, including seasonal exposures, into EHR phenotyping algorithms.
On the informatics-side, my work focuses on developing novel and interesting data mining methods that integrate data from electronic health records, observational health data and genetic data. On the clinical side, my work focuses on the relationship between environment and disease, especially during the prenatal / perinatal period. Because developmental effects due to the environment can be hard to study in adult populations, I use birth-related data (such as birth month) as a proxy for the environment at birth (perinatal) and prior to birth (prenatal). I have a combined 17 years of experience! This includes 4 years in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area, 7 in New York City Metropolitan Area (Columbia University) and 6 so far in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area (UPenn).
- The World Health Organization recently cited our work on Climate Change and Menarche, see their citation here and our paper here: S Canelon, MR Boland. A Systematic Literature Review on Factors Affecting the Timing of Menarche: Potential for Climate Change to Impact Women's Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020. In press.
- Lena Davidson's work on pharmacological exposures during pregnancy and their potential for drug repurposing during the COVID-19 pandemic, was just recently published: L Davidson, S Canelon, MR Boland. A Medication-Wide Association Study (MWAS) on Repurposed Drugs for COVID-19 with Pre-pandemic Prescription Medication Exposure and Pregnancy Outcomes. Scientific Reports 2022; In Press.
- Dr. Silvia Canelon's paper published in JAMA Network Open on Stillbirth among Sickle Cell Trait individuals! S Canelon, S Butts, MR Boland. Evaluation of Stillbirth Among Pregnant People with Sickle Cell Trait. JAMA Network Open. 2021; In press.
- Dr. Jessica Meeker just graduated (May 2021) with a PhD in Epidemiology from my lab. She is currently an Epidemic Fellow at the CDC and her latest paper was just published. JR Meeker, HH Burris, R Bai, LD Levine, MR Boland. Neighborhood deprivation increases the risk of post-induction cesarean delivery. Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). 2021; In press.
- Lena Davidson's comprehensive review was recently published in Briefings in Bioinformatics! L Davidson, MR Boland. Towards Deep Phenotyping Pregnancy: A Systematic Review on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Methods to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes. Briefings in Bioinformatics. 2021; In press.
PhD Biomedical Informatics, 2017 Columbia University, 2013-2017
Doctoral Thesis: Systems-Level Approach to Understand the Seasonal Factors of Early Development with Clinical and Pharmacological Applications
MPhil Biomedical Informatics, 2016 Columbia University
MA Biomedical Informatics, 2012 Columbia University, 2010-2012
Masters Thesis: Associating Periodontal Diseases with Medical Conditions by Linking Medical and Dental Records
BS Bioinformatics, 2010 Saint Vincent College, 2006-2010
Undergraduate Thesis: Functional Annotation of Putatively Conserved Non-Coding Regions in B. Floridae
Minors: Computer Science, History
Research in Media
Delaware Valley experts, residents call ‘forever chemical’ health screening recommendations a 'bold step' by Zoe Read August 07, 2022
Raising The Stakes To Advance Equity In Black Maternal Health by Michele Cohen Marill March, 2022
Increased Risk of Stillbirth for Pregnant Women With Sickle Cell Trait by Kenny Walter November 24, 2021
Living in majority-Black neighborhoods in Philly linked to increased maternal health issues, Penn Medicine study finds by Sojourner Ahebee April 16, 2021
Penn Medicine researchers create app to locate toxic water caused by fracking by Grace Brazunas October 13, 2020
How our ‘birth environment’ can influence our health by Penn Today Staff Writer February 18, 2020
A Dog's Birth Month May Predict Its Cardiovascular Health by Stanley Coren May 23, 2018
Link Between Birth Month and Canine Heart Disease Risk by Kerry Lengyel May 22, 2018
Penn study: Summer puppies more prone to heart disease by Stacey Burling May 21, 2018
How a dog's birth month impacts its health by Joseph Pinkstone May 18, 2018
How the Seasons Affect Our Health by Alexandra Thompson Nov. 15, 2017
How Having a Spring Birthday Could Affect Your Health by Amanda Gardner Mar. 3, 2017
What Your Birth Month Can Tell You About Your Health Risks by Susannah Bradley Jan. 31, 2017
What's the Healthiest Month to Be Born In? by Anna Miller Aug. 31, 2016
The Shocking Things Your Birthday Says About Your Health by Elizabeth Narins Jun. 10, 2015
Scientists have discovered how the month you’re born matters for your health by Ana Swanson Jun.15, 2015
AMIA Informatics Summit
March 13-16, 2023
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) 2023
June 12-15, 2023