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.
Currently, I have published 50 peer-reviewed publications in journals and respected informatics conferences, including 5 as senior-author this past year (2019-2020).
I am the doctoral consortium chair for the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) this August in Minnesota. The submission deadline is April 3rd! Please submit now! I hope to see you there!
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). Previously, I completed my PhD in biomedical informatics at Columbia University.
- Aditya Kashyap's paper just published (PhD student in Computer Science): A Kashyap, H Burris, C Callison-Burch, MR Boland. The CLASSE GATOR (CLinical Acronym SenSE disambiGuATOR): A Method for Predicting Acronym Sense from Neonatal Clinical Notes. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2020. In press.
- Dr. Silvia Canelon's paper just published: 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.
- Phiwinhlanhla Ndebele-Ngwenya will be presenting the work she conducted this past summer in the Boland Lab at SACNAS 2019. Ms. Ndebele-Ngwenya also won a travel award to present her work in Honolulu Hawaii (Oct 31-Nov 2)!
- Dr. Snigdha Alur-Gupta just won the 1st prize from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for her work conducted this past year (Dr. Boland — informatics mentor)
- L Davidson, MR Boland. Enabling Pregnant Women and their Physicians to Make Informed Medication Decisions Using Artificial Intelligence. Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. 2020; In Press.
- 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.
- R Bai, GE Moran, J Antonelli, Y Chen*, MR Boland*. Spike-and-Slab Group Lassos for Grouped Regression and Sparse Generalized Additive Models. Journal of American Statistical Association (JASA) Applications. 2020; In press. *Joint Senior Author
- A Kashyap, H Burris, C Callison-Burch, MR Boland. The CLASSE GATOR (CLinical Acronym SenSE disambiGuATOR): A Method for Predicting Acronym Sense from Neonatal Clinical Notes. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2020. In press.
- MR Boland, M Fieder, LH John, P Rijnbeek, S Huber. Female Reproductive Performance and Maternal Birth Month: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Exploring Multiple Seasonal Mechanisms. Scientific Reports. 2020; 10:555.
- MR Boland, ML Casal, M Kraus, AR Gelzer. Applied Veterinary Informatics: Development of a Semantic and Domain-Specific Method to Construct a Canine Data Repository. Scientific Reports. 2019; 9: 18641.
- MR Boland, NP Tatonetti. Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder and Month of School Enrollment. NEJM 2019;380(7):692-693.
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
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
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AMIA Informatics Summit
March 23-26, 2020
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) 2020
August 26-29, 2020