Read the Jan. 2023 issue of the DBMI Digest.
Read the Jan. 2023 issue of the DBMI Digest.

Update on the 2023 NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy

A Letter from the VP for Knowledge Management

Dear DBMI,

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a new Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy, effective Jan. 25, 2023, to promote the sharing of scientific data.
The new NIH DMS policy has implications on grant submissions, IRB review and consent form disclosure, and regulations when sharing participant data. 
For that reason, the Center for Knowledge Management (CKM) team and I have established detailed metadata characteristics for each repository. See more info below: 
  • Comprehensive metadata, currently including 38 data fields, has been created to fully describe the data repositories NIH is making available on their data management and sharing policy website. 
  • This effort will make it easier for our researchers to select the data repository that best fits their needs. There will be close to 100 records completed by this afternoon
  • NIH currently makes 126 data repositories available. The plan is to complete them all by early next week.
  • So far, the NIH-supported repositories are all subject-specific, but links are being provided to some NIH labels as “generalist.” The team will work on including them as well.  
CKM’s plan is to represent in SPI-Hub™ all the ones that meet NIH’s desirable characteristics. Please feel free to view and share the SPI-Hub™ link ( which now also includes on the front page the entry “Discover Data Repositories”. The next step will focus on making the site fully searchable.
If you have questions, please reach out to me at and copy Taneya Koonce at
— Nunzia Bettinsoli Giuse, MD, FACMI, FMLA
Vice President for Knowledge Management, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Adjunct Professor, Meharry Medical College

Table of Contents

  1. COVID-19 Updates
  2. HR Updates & Reminders
  3. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  4. Faculty News 
  5. Center News: VCLIC
  6. DBMI Spotlight: Eugene Jeong
  7. MyVUMC
  8. Funding Opportunities
  9. Open Positions + Upcoming Events

COVID Updates:

Universal Masking Requirement Continues for All VUMC Clinical Areas

With the increase in COVID-19 cases across Middle Tennessee, VUMC continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding masking in our clinical areas to protect our patients and each other. 
All counties in Tennessee that are home to a VUMC facility are now at the CDC’s highest level of Community Transmission, driven largely by the new XBB.1.5 (or “Kraken”) variant. In addition, only 6% of people in Tennessee have received the bivalent booster vaccine, which will better protect against this new variant. Masking with a procedure or surgical mask is still REQUIRED for all staff, visitors, and patients in all VUMC clinical areas. Read more in MyVUMC.

HR Updates & Reminders

FYI: Kensington Garage GOLD STAR Spaces

Kensington Parkers Only: GOLD STAR spaces are reserved for the people who paid to have a special spot for each Vanderbilt Basketball, Baseball, & Football games. Some games might play during business hours & others in the evening. 
There is a sign posted on the 2nd floor at least a day or two prior to the game. You may also look on the website for basketball future games, to know in advance.
If you have questions, please email 

Complete the DBMI "Who's Who" Brochure!

We'd love to get to know you better!
Complete this REDCap survey for the DBMI “Who’s Who” brochure. This brochure will be used as a resource for both current and new employees!
Please fill in the following REDCap form:
Questions include: What are your current research/work interests? What is a fun fact about you (either personal or professional)? 
Please fill out the form when you can – or if you’d prefer, email your responses/pictures to Mia at

Microsoft Teams Trainings Available

If you need Microsoft Teams training, there are training videos available for all levels on the VUMC Microsoft Teams page. Click here to access the recordings:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Refreshed Antiracism Online Resource Guide Now Available

Education and awareness are crucial steps in advancing the VUMC’s Racial Equity Plan. That’s why the Office of Health Equity recently unveiled its refreshed Antiracism Resource Guide. This is an online group of resources in one easy-to-access place. The guide provides curated educational offerings to help advance individuals and departments on the journey of addressing racism and promoting racial equity. Read more in the VUMC Reporter

Faculty News

Robert Freundlich Named Fellow of ACCM

Robert Freundlich attended the 2023 Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) conference recently, where he was named Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine!
The FCCM honors practitioners & educators who have made outstanding contributions to the critical care field. Congrats!


Center News: VCLIC

Announcing VCLIPS

A new series of practical videos on clinical informatics from the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center

The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center is pleased to announce the launch of Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Practical Shorts (VCLIPS). These are bite-size instructional videos on practical clinical informatics topics from expert VCLIC faculty. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how to engage with eStar (Epic), create new interventions or tools in our EHR, access data, perform human-centered design or evaluate interventions look no further. Please note that you must be on the VUMC network or VPN to access VCLIPS. 
You can watch these videos, and complete associated hands-on exercises anytime, but we will also have in person sessions for each module where we’ll repeat the content live, work through the hands-on exercises together and answer any questions you have. Visit here to see available modules!

VCLIC Field Trip to VUMC ICU

The Clinical Informatics students recently visited the VUMC intensive care unit (ICU) to learn about informatics in an inpatient setting, thanks to DBMI secondary faculty member Edward Qian!
Photo credit: Allison McCoy

DBMI Spotlight: Eugene Jeong

Each month, we will feature one of our DBMI faculty, staff, students, trainees or alumni. If you or someone you know is new to the department, has an interesting backstory, or is making an impact at work or in their personal lives, email Mia Garchitorena at!  
Eugene Jeong, MS, is a PhD student in Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at VUMC, funded by the National Library of Medicine's T15 Training Grant. 
Eugene completed his Bachelor of Science degree in December 2013 from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics in February 2019 from Ajou University in South Korea. View his Google Scholar page here! 
Below, Eugene shares his story:
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Iowa City, but I came back to Korea when I was one and grew up in Seoul, Korea.
Tell us about your family!
I have parents and one older brother. Currently, I am living in Nashville with my beautiful wife, Yeeun, and our two-year-old daughter, Sia.
My father got his PhD degree from the University of Iowa (that's why I was born there). My father used to work as a professor in Korea (which is why I went back to South Korea) and he retired this year.
My mother was a writer for a Korean broadcasting station. My older brother (who is much taller than me—6' 3"!) currently works in Korea.
Pictured right: Eugene (far right) with his family at his wedding in 2019. 
What memories from growing up stand out to you?
My childhood in Korea was heavily focused on studying, which is a common trait in many East Asian countries. I remember having a strict schedule during middle school in order to get into a good high school. For example, my days were filled with school classes from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and then heading to a private academy (after school programs) to study until 2:00 am.
This routine was followed from Monday to Friday and even on weekends from 8:00 to 12:00 am (yes, it’s not 12:00 pm, it’s 12 AM MIDNIGHT). This intense schedule was not unique to me, as many other students had similar schedules, but looking back, I realize how much of my childhood was devoted to studying and how it resulted in limited memories outside of studying.
Pictured: Baby Eugene celebrating his first birthday
What subjects in school were you interested in and why?
In my younger years, I particularly enjoyed math above all other subjects. The satisfaction I felt from comprehending the logical steps and challenging problems and finding the correct solution was very fulfilling to me.
When did you become interested in STEM?
To be honest, it's funny, but the truth is that I developed a genuine interest in science only after graduating from college. As I mentioned before, during my childhood, I studied without a clear purpose just to get good grades, so I didn't have time to think about my future. This is a common symptom among many Korean students, where students who have entered good universities suddenly drop everything and feel overwhelmed. They've been too busy studying, so they haven't had time to consider what they really want to do in the future.
I also experienced something similar in college. During my time in college, I only thought about getting a good GPA and I graduated without knowing exactly why I was studying or what I wanted to do. I tried to go to medical school in Korea for two years, but was not accepted. It was only then that I had time to seriously consider what I liked and what I wanted to do.
What moments from your early career stand out to you? How did they impact you?
My master's degree had the greatest influence on me. I became interested in informatics after completing my undergraduate studies, and beginning my master's degree marked the beginning of my informatics studies. I had a lot to learn and had to take in a lot of information in a short period of time. But, fortunately, everything about informatics was interesting to me, and that was the time when I grew the most. Everything was happy during that time, I believe, because it was my first time choosing and starting something to study on my own.
In regards to informatics, I have always been interested in things related to computers. In fact, I was more interested in hardware such as computer assembly than coding, but computers have always been with me since I was young. Until I graduated from college, I had little interest in informatics (I did not even know it existed). But a close friend recommended this to me and we had talked about informatics together. That became a big turning point. Even now, I am still friends with him and I always tell him that I am really grateful to him. The funny thing is that the friend does not remember the fact that he recommended it to me.
When did you first come to DBMI? How did you hear about DBMI? What drew you to our program?
I first came to DBMI in the fall of 2019. Since I studied informatics, I have read many papers and attended many conferences, and many of the research was done by DBMI. I particularly remember being at the AMIA conference in San Francisco in 2018 and seeing many DBMI studies there. I also remember Prof. Peter Embi, who was featured in the AMIA 2018 Opening Session video. In fact, while I was doing my master's degree in Korea, I reviewed many papers published by DBMI in the journal club, and many professors in South Korea recommended applying to DBMI. So DBMI has always been my top priority.
As a side note, about 15 years ago, my parents visited Vanderbilt University, and my mother wrote on her blog at the time that she wished I had attended this school someday. When I was accepted to DBMI, my mother was particularly happy.
Pictured right: An excerpt from Eugene's mother's blog post. It reads, "Vanderbilt Univ. Perhaps my son Eugene will get in someday?" Date: November 29, 2008.
What research are you currently working on? What is the importance or impact of your research?
I’m currently working on detecting adverse drug-drug interactions (DDIs) during the postmarketing phase. DDIs can occur when a patient is taking multiple medications and can have serious consequences for their health. Postmarketing studies can help to identify rare side effects that may not have been seen in the smaller patient populations of premarket trials. By studying DDIs in postmarketing studies, pharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies can take steps to minimize potential risks and ensure the safe use of medications for patients. My primary goal in my research is to detect the most clinically significant DDIs by analyzing and interpreting the information from the various data sources including the spontaneous reporting system database, scientific literature and EHR.
Please tell us about your mentor, You Chen. What’s it like working with him and what advice has he given that’s benefitted your career?
I'm not sure where to begin thanking Prof. You Chen because there are so many things for which I am grateful. He has always been willing to help and give advice whenever I needed it, even during his busy schedule, from the moment I arrived here until now. I was fortunate to be accepted into DBMI, but even more fortunate to have Prof. You Chen as my mentor.
He taught me to always ask myself questions, such as, "What are the current challenges in my research field? What contribution can my research make to this field?" He has always encouraged me to ask myself many questions whenever I am conducting research. Surprisingly, making these simple questions a habit has greatly improved my research abilities.
You Chen had this to say about his mentee, Eugene
"Eugene has been doing his PhD research on drug-drug interaction. As a mentor, I would highlight the Eugene's hard work and dedication to the drug-drug interaction project, which involves developing computational methods to predict and understand interactions. Eugene has a strong understanding of pharmacology and the latest developments in drug-drug interactions, which he applies in his research. His work has the potential to improve patient outcomes by providing more personalized and safe treatment options."
What do you hope to achieve in your career and personal life in the next few years?
In my career, my first hope is to successfully complete my PhD program, and my second hope is to remain in academia and contribute to my research field. In my personal life, I hope to remain a good husband and father.
Pictured left: Eugene with Yeeun and their daughter, Sia, at Niagara Falls
Outside of work/school, what do you like to do for fun?
I used to love playing PC games before I got married. But now that I have a two-year-old daughter, I hardly ever get to play games, and all my interests are centered around her. Outside of my research, I try to spend as much time as possible with my daughter. Spending time with my daughter is the most fulfilling thing for me right now.
Eugene shares the story of how he and Yeeun met, and when their daughter was born:
My close friend set me up with her friend. who later became my wife. We had been dating over five years and were married in 2019 (right before I came to Nashville). Sia was born in Nashville in September 2020. :)
Pictured right: Sia with a Minnie car.
Any advice to other students in DBMI?
To be honest, I'm not sure I'm in a position to give advice. Because of COVID, most of my classes after my first semester in DBMI were conducted online, and I haven't felt like I've been in the program this long. During my PhD program, I strangely felt a lot of stress and pressure, and I felt overwhelmed, but I've realized that this hasn't helped me at all. So the best advice I can give to other students is to try to enjoy their research as much as possible.

Nominations Open for 2023 School of Medicine Faculty Awards; Deadline is Jan. 31

Nominations are now open for the 2023 School of Medicine Faculty Awards. The School of Medicine Faculty Awards recognize excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. Read more here.

First MyWorkday Change Network Meeting of 2023 Addresses Training, Tecsys & Finance

The MyWorkday Change Network started the new year with a virtual meeting on Jan. 11, 2023, welcoming a new phase of the project as the Apr. 1 Go Live date quickly approaches. Read more here.

Weekly Issue of MyWorkday Cutover Connection Will Help You Prepare for Transition

Each week, a new issue of MyWorkday Cutover Connection will be published, which will help employees prepare for the transition to Workday and Tecsys. Many activities will be reduced or limited as part of the cutover process. Read more here.

VUMC Health Plus Offers Lifestyle Coaching

Health Plus provides personal lifestyle coaching as a free benefit for VUMC faculty/staff and spouses.
Lifestyle coaching can help you find the motivation and tools to reach your goals. Goals might include losing weight, being more physically active, eating better, quitting smoking, or lowering stress.
Your coach will offer guidance, support, and accountability along the way. Begin the process by completing your annual Health Assessment​. Coaching is available by telephone or video call, or in-person during Health Plus office hours. Learn more here

Funding News & Opportunities

REMINDER: Contact Terri DeMumbrum When Considering a Grant Submission

All grant proposals require approval of the Office of Sponsored Programs prior to submission. Terri will review the opportunity announcement and prepare a submission timeline/checklist as well as help with the submission. Email her at
National Science Foundation (NSF) Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) — PROPOSALS ACCEPTED ANYTIME UNTIL APRIL 1, 2024. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities.This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories:
  • S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) Tracks 1 and 2. Awards in this category will support fundamental integrative research that addresses technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Track 1 proposals may request budgets ranging between $1,500,001 and $2,500,000, with durations of up to four years. Track 2 proposals may request budgets up to $1,500,000, with durations of up to three years.
  • S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PG). Awards in this category are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SCC-IRG proposals. Each of these awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.
NIH Funding Opportunities & Notices. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers funding for many types of grants, contracts and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. To view current funding opportunities, visit here

Update Your DBMI Bio Page

REMINDER: Please review your DBMI bio page and notify us of any changes. Updates can include:
  • New headshot
  • Updated degrees, professional titles
  • Updated bio information
  • Adding Google Scholar, PubMed, LinkedIn URLs
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Open Positions

Visit here to view current open positions throughout DBMI and its Centers. If your team has a job opening, please email Mia Garchitorena at

Upcoming Events

Visit here for more details on upcoming events in February 2023 and previously recorded DBMI seminars.
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