Symposium Speaker: Jonathan L. Haines, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Haines is Mary W. Sheldon, MD, Professor of Genome Sciences; Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and Director of the Institute for Computational Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Haines is a genetic epidemiologist with a focus on adapting and applying statistical computational approaches to identify genetic variants and their modifiers that impact common human diseases with a focus on ocular and neurological diseases including age-related macular degeneration, primary open angle glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, autism, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few. Dr. Haines is also active in Big Data science and electronic health records research and was the previous principal investigator of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)-funded electronic MEdical Records & GEnomics (eMERGE) Coordinating Center. More recently, Dr. Haines founded the CWRU Institute for Computational Biology (ICB) as part of a multi-institutional funded effort involving Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), University of Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and MetroHealth. Physically located at CWRU, the ICB aims to bring together electronic health records data in a de-identified environment to be accessed by investigators for research purposes. The ICB also aims to provide educational opportunities and resources such as databasing capabilities and the development of statistical methods for big data analysis. Dr. Haines has several accolades in recognition of his discoveries including the Zenith Award for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Disease Research (1993) and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Sidney P. Colowick Award for Research in Diverse Areas (2005). Dr. Haines was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

Recent Publications

  1. Lancour, D, Dupuis, J, Mayeux, R, Haines, JL, Pericak-Vance, MA, Schellenberg, GC, Crovella, M, Farrer, LA, Kasif, S. Analysis of brain region-specific co-expression networks reveals clustering of established and novel genes associated with Alzheimer disease. Alzheimers Res Ther 2020; 12 (1): 103. PubMed PMID:32878640 PubMed Central PMC7469336.
  2. Dumitrescu, L, Mahoney, ER, Mukherjee, S, Lee, ML, Bush, WS, Engelman, CD, Lu, Q, Fardo, DW, Trittschuh, EH, Mez, J et al.. Genetic variants and functional pathways associated with resilience to Alzheimer's disease. Brain 2020; 143 (8): 2561-2575. PubMed PMID:32844198 PubMed Central PMC7447518.
  3. Waksmunski, AR, Grunin, M, Kinzy, TG, Igo, RP Jr, Haines, JL, Cooke Bailey, JN. Statistical driver genes as a means to uncover missing heritability for age-related macular degeneration. BMC Med Genomics 2020; 13 (1): 95. PubMed PMID:32631374 PubMed Central PMC7336430.
  4. Griswold, AJ, Sivasankaran, SK, Van Booven, D, Gardner, OK, Rajabli, F, Whitehead, PL, Hamilton-Nelson, KL, Adams, LD, Scott, AM, Hofmann, NK et al.. Immune and Inflammatory Pathways Implicated by Whole Blood Transcriptomic Analysis in a Diverse Ancestry Alzheimer's Disease Cohort. J. Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 76 (3): 1047-1060. PubMed PMID:32597797 .
  5. Bussies, PL, Rajabli, F, Griswold, A, Dorfsman, DA, Whitehead, P, Adams, LD, Mena, PR, Cuccaro, M, Haines, JL, Byrd, GS et al.. Use of local genetic ancestry to assess TOMM40-523' and risk for Alzheimer disease. Neurol Genet 2020; 6 (2): e404. PubMed PMID:32337333 PubMed Central PMC7164968.
  6. Reiman, EM, Arboleda-Velasquez, JF, Quiroz, YT, Huentelman, MJ, Beach, TG, Caselli, RJ, Chen, Y, Su, Y, Myers, AJ, Hardy, J et al.. Exceptionally low likelihood of Alzheimer's dementia in APOE2 homozygotes from a 5,000-person neuropathological study. Nat Commun 2020; 11 (1): 667. PubMed PMID:32015339 PubMed Central PMC6997393.
  7. Craig, JE, Han, X, Qassim, A, Hassall, M, Cooke Bailey, JN, Kinzy, TG, Khawaja, AP, An, J, Marshall, H, Gharahkhani, P et al.. Multitrait analysis of glaucoma identifies new risk loci and enables polygenic prediction of disease susceptibility and progression. Nat. Genet. 2020; 52 (2): 160-166. PubMed PMID:31959993 .
  8. Wheeler, NR, Benchek, P, Kunkle, BW, Hamilton-Nelson, KL, Warfe, M, Fondran, JR, Haines, JL, Bush, WS. Hadoop and PySpark for reproducibility and scalability of genomic sequencing studies. Pac Symp Biocomput 2020; 25 : 523-534. PubMed PMID:31797624 PubMed Central PMC6956992.
  9. Genetics of Glaucoma in People of African Descent (GGLAD) Consortium, Hauser, MA, Allingham, RR, Aung, T, Van Der Heide, CJ, Taylor, KD, Rotter, JI, Wang, SJ, Bonnemaijer, PWM, Williams, SE et al.. Association of Genetic Variants With Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Individuals With African Ancestry. JAMA 2019; 322 (17): 1682-1691. PubMed PMID:31688885 PubMed Central PMC6865235.
  10. Bis, JC, Jian, X, Kunkle, BW, Chen, Y, Hamilton-Nelson, KL, Bush, WS, Salerno, WJ, Lancour, D, Ma, Y, Renton, AE et al.. Correction: Whole exome sequencing study identifies novel rare and common Alzheimer's-Associated variants involved in immune response and transcriptional regulation. Mol. Psychiatry 2020; 25 (8): 1901-1903. PubMed PMID:31636380 PubMed Central PMC7387240.
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