The Moreno Laboratory's areas of interest and research include:
1. Clinical Research Informatics: According to AMIA (AMIA.org), “clinical research informatics involves the use of informatics in the discovery and management of new knowledge relating to health and disease.” In the Moreno Lab, we focus on applying informatics to:
- Standardization of data reporting and automation of oncologic data collection, extraction, and analysis
- Advanced database management
- Exploring information visualization and analytics
- Operational ontology development using the modified Delphi method
2. Advanced Computational Modeling. Our lab is interested in developing robust, advanced computational methods for assessing cancer response to (multimodal)therapy, early and accurate prediction of radiotherapy-related acute and late side effects, and exploring algorithmic management of toxicities for improved patient quality of life and relevant cancer outcomes (i.e., locoregional control, overall survival).
3. Implementation and Dissemination Science. Implementation of information tools in clinical practice is highly encouraged but often difficult to realize due to unaddressed barriers to practical application. Our lab studies implementation strategies with formative evaluation to identify and address barriers to sustainable implementation efforts. This comes hand in hand with the development of educational materials and resources for dissemination and reproducibility of implementation efforts at the institutional and national level.