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Joyce Niland

Joyce Niland, Ph.D.

Estelle & Edward Alexander Chair in Information Sciences
Research Focus
  • Statistical Methodology in Longitudinal, Observational Studies
  • Outcomes Research
  • Clinical Trials Design and Methodology in Oncology
  • Secondary Use of Clinical Data for Research
  • Biomedical Informatics and Information Integration
  • Data Warehousing for Research
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Clinical/Phenotypic Data Repositories
  • Decision Support Systems for Biomedical Research
Chair and Professor, Department of Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science

Research Teams

  • Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science
A brilliant researcher, manager and problem solver, Joyce Niland, Ph.D.,chair and professor in the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science within the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope, is an internationally recognized leader in biomedical informatics and computational statistics who is tackling the most pressing issues in diabetes and cancer research.
Originally trained as a physical therapist, Dr. Niland applies her attributes of empathy and compassion to the field of information sciences. During her three decades at City of Hope she has helped design, build and run our world-class data analysis capabilities: critical 21st century tools essential for treating and curing cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Niland founded Biomedical Informatics as a discipline at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, where she is principal investigator of several peer-reviewed research grants. She created the Department of Information Sciences as an integrated central research support and served as cancer center associate director for cancer informatics and as chief research information officer.

In addition to being a full professor at our Beckman Research Institute, Dr. Niland holds a joint appointment at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is a much sought-after expert with hundreds of publications to her credit. She is a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, an advisor for several cancer centers, and associate editor of the official journals of the American Medical Informatics Association and International Association for Statistical Computing.


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Treating Second Breast Events After Breast-Conserving Surgery for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. Hassett MJ, Jiang W, Hughes ME, Edge S, Javid SH, Niland JC, Theriault R, Wong YN, Schrag D, Punglia RS. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Apr;16(4):387-394.
Clinical risk score to predict likelihood of recurrence after ductal carcinoma in situ treated with breast-conserving surgery. Punglia RS, Jiang W, Lipsitz SR, Hughes ME, Schnitt SJ, Hassett MJ, Nekhlyudov L, Achacoso N, Edge S, Javid SH, Niland JC, Theriault RL, Wong YN, Habel LA. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb;167(3):751-759.
Intestinal Enteroendocrine Lineage Cells Possess Homeostatic and Injury-Inducible Stem Cell Activity. Yan KS, Gevaert O, Zheng GXY, Anchang B, Probert CS, Larkin KA, Davies PS, Cheng ZF, Kaddis JS, Han A, Roelf K, Calderon RI, Cynn E, Hu X, Mandleywala K, Wilhelmy J, Grimes SM, Corney DC, Boutet SC, Terry JM, Belgrader P, Ziraldo SB, Mikkelsen TS, Wang F, von Furstenberg RJ, Smith NR, Chandrakesan P, May R, Chrissy MAS, Jain R, Cartwright CA, Niland JC, Hong YK, Carrington J, Breault DT, Epstein J, Houchen CW, Lynch JP, Martin MG, Plevritis SK, Curtis C, Ji HP, Li L, Henning SJ, Wong MH, Kuo CJ. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 Jul 6;21(1):78-90.e6.
Use and Effectiveness of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Treatment of Ovarian Cancer. Meyer LA, Cronin AM, Sun CC, Bixel K, Bookman MA, Cristea MC, Griggs JJ, Levenback CF, Burger RA, Mantia-Smaldone G, Matulonis UA, Niland JC, O’Malley DM, Wright AA. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Nov 10;34(32):3854-3863. PMID: 27601552 Free PMC Article
Subtype-Dependent Relationship Between Young Age at Diagnosis and Breast Cancer Survival. Partridge AH, Hughes ME, Warner ET, Ottesen RA, Wong YN, Edge SB, Theriault RL, Blayney DW, Niland JC, Winer EP, Weeks JC, Tamimi RM. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 20;34(27):3308-14. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.65.8013. Epub 2016 Aug 1.
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