Women and children’s health is a broad research area. At the School both researchers use components of biomedical informatics to conduct research. Women’s health continues to be a concern as well as infant mortality rates and genetic factors in health of children.
For example, in Missouri was ranked 25 out of 51 (50 states + the District of Columbia) in pregnancies to females aged 15- 19 in 2008. In 2009, Missouri’s infant mortality rate was 7.2 per 1,000 live births. African-American infants were more than twice as likely to die as white infants. More than 60 percent of Missouri infant deaths in 2009 (356 infants) resulted from problems that occurred before or during birth, or during the first 27 days of life.
Jenifer E. Allsworth, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics. Allsworth has served as a reviewer for multiple journals of women’s reproductive health and is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Shui Qing Ye, M.D., Ph.D., William R. Brown/Missouri Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine, has a NHLBI/NIH-funded project looking at acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). He works to identify a biochemical and genetic biomarker and a potential therapeutic target to ARDS. Ye works in The Core of Personalized Genomics in Children’s Mercy Hospital where he dissects genetic components of human diseases.