• AMIA 2011 Annual Symposium October 22-26, 2011

    Improving Health: Informatics and IT Changing the World

AMIA 2011 Keynotes

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Francis Collins

Dr. Francis S. Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health
Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1pm

As Director of NIH, Dr. Collins, MD, PhD, oversees the work of the world’s largest supporter of biomedical research, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. A physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes, Dr. Collins’ leadership of the international Human Genome Project culminated in the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. His own research laboratory has discovered a number of important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington’s disease, a familial endocrine cancer syndrome, and most recently, genes for type 2 diabetes and the gene that causes Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare cause of premature aging.

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AMIA 2011 Opening Keynote

Industry Day Keynote

Gregory Abowd

Dr. Gregory Abowd
Distinguished Professor, School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Tech
Monday, Oct. 24, at 8:30 am

Gregory D. Abowd, PhD, currently serves as the Director of the Health Systems Institute, a joint Georgia Tech/Emory University research institute investigating the impact of technologies on healthcare delivery. In this position, Dr. Abowd extends his own work over the past decade on information technologies and autism: his research interests concern how advanced information technologies of ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) impact ordinary life when they are seamlessly integrated into our living spaces. Dr. Abowd’s work has involved schools and homes, with a recent focus on healthcare delivery. Dr. Abowd also directs the Ubiquitous Computing Research Group in the School of Interactive Computing. This effort started with the Future Computing Environments research group in 1995, and has since matured into a collection of research groups, including a major research effort that Dr. Abowd initiated called the Aware Home Research Initiative.

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AMIA 2011Industry Day Keynote

Closing Keynote

Dr. William Tierney
President & CEO, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12;15 pm

The 2011 Morris F. Collen Award recipient will close the Symposium, shared his perspective on the field of Informatics and its future trajectory, citing its many springboards around the world and the potential Informatics holds for bringing greater health equity to populations everywhere.

Said Dr. Tierney: “I have a story to tell of the partnership between an academic biomedical informatics research organization – Regenstrief Institute –and its clinical and research partners, and how that partnership has mutually benefited us all—and most especially benefited the vulnerable patients we serve.”

Dr. Tierney’s work has taken him far afield—to Kenya, Africa—to use electronic health records and to gather information from patients, applying the data to critical points in the patient–provider relationship to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. He led the effort to develop the first ambulatory electronic medical record system in sub-Saharan Africa, which has evolved into a comprehensive, open-source electronic medical record system that has been implemented in more than a dozen developing countries. He also serves as the Director of Research and Informatics for AMPATH, a collaboration of more than a dozen North American universities with Moi University, Kenya, to advance the mission of developing and implementing clinical care, teaching, and establishing research programs in western Kenya. Dr. Tierney teaches health services research methods, and writes and publishes medical literature. He serves as Director for Global Health for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Elected in 1988, Dr. Tierney is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

Highly credentialed, voluminously published, and tremendously accomplished, Dr. Tierney’s keynote inspired and enlightened his audience.

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AMIA 2011 Closing Keynote