Stanford Aging Center Awards Grant to Banda

Posted On July 13, 2020
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The Stanford Aging & Ethnogeriatrics Research Center (SAGE) has awarded assistant professor Juan Banda a three-year grant valued at $176,000. The grant is intended for research on racial bias in phenotyping algorithms for older communities. Money for the grant comes from the National Institute on Aging, which helps fund the SAGE Center.

Dr. Banda’s research focuses on electronic phenotyping, a way to use electronic health records to build predictive models. He plans to determine the roles that racial and age bias play in phenotype algorithms in both local and national datasets. After identifying these biases, Dr. Banda will develop and modify software to improve the phenotyping process and achieve fairness for minorities.

Dr. Banda’s work makes him an affiliate of SAGE as well as the Division of Primary Care and Population Health in Stanford University’s Department of Medicine. He will serve as the institutional principal investigator at Georgia State alongside VJ Periyakoil, the grant’s principal investigator and the founder/director of SAGE. Dr. Periyakoil is an associate professor of medicine at Stanford. As a SAGE scientist, Dr. Banda will visit Stanford University throughout the duration of the grant, where he will be mentored by Stanford researchers on techniques and methods for conducting race and age research.

Story by Ashlie Swanson