Integrating Electronic Health Records and Genomics for Discovery and Implementation: The eMERGE Experience

Chisholm Event Photos

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union

Dr. Chisholm presented genomic medicine discovery and implementation projects based on the NUgene biobank that is linked to the Northwestern Medicine Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. He discussed data-mining of EHRs to develop phenotypes and the experience of the eMERGE Network in sharing phenotypes and in implementing decision support for genomic medicine and pharmacogenomics.


Pamala A. Jacobson, PharmD
Director of the Institute of Personalized Medicine
University of Minnesota

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Rex Chisholm, PhD is the Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics in the Feinberg School of Medicine and professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University. Chisholm leads a major DNA biobanking effort, NUgene. NUgene enrolls research participants in a study focused on investigating the genetic contributions to human disease, therapeutic outcomes and gene-environment interactions. NUgene is a participant in the NHGRI-funded eMERGE network – a network of electronic medical record (EHR) linked biobanks. The goal of his current eMERGE network project is to establish a program for genomics-informed personalized medicine in partnership with Northwestern’s health care affiliates. Since 2007 he has served as Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs in the Feinberg School. In October 2012 he was also appointed Associate Vice President for Research of Northwestern University.