University of Utah
Mary Jo Pugh Ph.D., R.N., is a retired Air Force nurse and Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah. She is an investigator at the Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center and the VA Salt Lake City where she leads the COIN focus area that aims to identify and mitigate health risks in Veterans across periods of vulnerability.
Integrating her training as a Veteran, a nurse and a developmental psychologist, she has developed a research program to examine the long-term sequelae and outcomes of military exposures. Early in her career she focused on outcomes associated with suboptimal quality of care in older Veterans. Over the past decade she re-focused her work on using VA data to identify phenotypes in populations with complex comorbidity such as those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and complex multi-symptom illness. Her current work related to TBI includes longitudinal observational and prospective studies to identify the emergence of distinct neurodegenerative conditions such as cognitive impairment and epilepsy, and clusters of multimorbidity that may have similar or networked biological underpinnings. The longitudinal observational studies of approximately one million veterans currently link DoD combat theatre and health system data with VA health system data. These studies aim to understand which individuals are at highest risk of neurodegeneration, mental health conditions, and deficits in functional outcomes after mild TBI. Next steps of this line of inquiry will use deep learning models to identify optimal treatment pathways for specific phenotypes which seek to inform treatment guidelines for mild TBI in the context of multimorbidity.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
4:00 PM – 4:17 PM ET