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Adela Grando

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Asst Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography

Maria Adela Grando joined the Biomedical Informatics Department in late 2013. In 2014 she was apointed Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine by the Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine. She has a extensive postdoctoral training in Biomedical Informatics and holds a PhD in Computer Science in the field of Formal Languages and Applications.

Before joining ASU, she trained at the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego as a postdoctoral researcher. At UCSD she worked on the development of ontology-based clinical decision support aids, and she lead research projects to build electronic informed consent management systems to empower patients to take informed decisions. Previously, she joined UK Cancer Research at the University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral researcher. At UK Cancer Research she worked on the development of cognitive-based decision support systems for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

 Education

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of California San Diego, Division of Biomedical Informatics
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, COSSAC, UK Cancer Research (United Kingdom)
  • PhD, Formal Languages and Applications, Rovira i Virgili University (Spain)
  • MCS, Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (Argentina)

 

Research Interests

Dr. Grando's research can be framed into the field of Artificial Intelligence, and more specifically into knowledge representation and reasoning for deploying Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS). Dr. Grando's work focuses on the development of languages, frameworks and applications for CDSS inspired by cognitive theories.  Her research goal is to innovate on the formal foundations of CDSS, but also to create frameworks and develop applications to facilitate the implementation, incorporation, and use of CDSS in health care.

She is particularly interested on Information Technology for Patient Empowerment in Healthcare. She is leading projects focused on building portable decision aids that support patient's decision process. For instance, mobile apps for in-home disease management control, and tablet-based electronic systems to educate patients on informed consent processes. 

 

Research Projects

My Data Choices, Evaluation of Effective Consent Strategies for Patients with Behavioral Health Conditions

Patients differ in their opinions about what categories of information are “sensitive” and how to define the information each category. Furthermore, little is known about data sharing preferences of patients with behavioral health conditions (BHCs).  
For this project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), our hypothesis is that when offered the option, patients with BHCs/surrogates desire a greater degree of choice to determine, at a granular level, which health information to share for care and research. With the support of the NIMH (R01 MH108992-01A1) we will: 

  1. Elicit patient, surrogate and provider perspectives on granular data control  
  2. Design educational material to inform patients and providers on the consequences of sharing/not sharing data 
  3. Deploy and pilot test an informed consent management tool and trusted broker that supports granular patient-driven data control
  4. Understand ethical, clinical, policy and regulatory implication of implementing granular data control choices.

 

iDECIDE - Patient-centered decision support based on device data

With this project funded by the National Library of Medicine (1R21LM011667-01) we aim to empower patients in their treatment choices. Our goal is to propose an ontology-based framework applicable to a wide range of chronic conditions that require patient-centered decision aids to advice patients on treatment options based on the output from monitoring medical devices while concurrently incorporating patients’ treatment preferences and health goals. To demonstrate our approach we will evaluate the framework in the Mayo Clinic, Arizona addressing the problem of pre-meal bolus treatment options for adult type 1 diabetes patients.

Publications

M. A. Grando, R. Rozemblum, D. Bates editors (2015): Information Technologies for Patient Empowerment in Healthcare, Walter de Gruyter, March 2015, ISBN-10: 1614515921 https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/211055

Research Activity
  • Grando, Maria Adela*, Murcko, Anita, Saks, Michael, Todd, Michael, Sottara, Davide. My Data Choices, evaluation of effective consent strategies for patients with behavioral health conditions HHS-NIH-NIMH (07/01/2016 - 06/31/2021)
  • Grando, Maria Adela*, Kaufman, David. Patient-Centered Decision Support Based on Device Evidence (I DECIDE). HHS-NIH-NLM(9/15/2014 - 8/31/2016).

 

Fall 2017
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BMI 484Internship
BMI 492Honors Directed Study
BMI 499Individualized Instruction
BMI 560Teachng Biomedical Informatics
BMI 593Applied Project
BMI 792Research
BMI 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
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BMI 484Internship
BMI 584Internship
BMI 593Applied Project
BMI 792Research
Spring 2017
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BMI 493Honors Thesis
BMI 499Individualized Instruction
BMI 560Teachng Biomedical Informatics
BMI 590Reading and Conference
BMI 593Applied Project
BMI 601Health Informatics
BMI 790Reading and Conference
BMI 792Research
BMI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BMI 484Internship
BMI 492Honors Directed Study
BMI 499Individualized Instruction
BMI 560Teachng Biomedical Informatics
BMI 593Applied Project
BMI 601Health Informatics
BMI 792Research
Summer 2016
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BMI 792Research
Spring 2016
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BMI 201Intro to Clinical Informatics
BMI 499Individualized Instruction
BMI 590Reading and Conference
BMI 592Research
BMI 601Health Informatics
BMI 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BMI 484Internship
BMI 499Individualized Instruction
BMI 570BMI Symposium
BMI 592Research
BMI 593Applied Project
BMI 792Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BMI 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BMI 201Intro to Clinical Informatics
BMI 570BMI Symposium
BMI 590Reading and Conference
BMI 592Research
Fall 2014
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BMI 570BMI Symposium
BMI 592Research
Spring 2014
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BMI 506Clinical Decision Support