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Assistant Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine
Director, Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility, Markey Cancer Center
Director, Kentucky Cancer Registry
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Eric B. Durbin, DrPH, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine. He serves as the Director of the NCI Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) and as Director of the Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility at the UK Markey Cancer Center. He has over 28 years of experience in population-based cancer surveillance and informatics support for basic, clinical and translational cancer research. His research interests include precision cancer surveillance, pathology informatics, natural language processing and cancer epidemiology.
His current research is focused on the integration of –omics data to support decision-making in precision medicine, early capture of pediatric and young adult cancer cases, the development of natural language processing methods to derive clinical biomarkers from electronic pathology reports, automated methods to identify cancer patients for study recruitment and the augmentation of central registry treatment data from insurance claims. He and his team have also developed widely adopted mobile device apps for the dissemination of information vital to the planning and evaluation of cancer prevention and control activities.