• March 23-27, San Francisco

    2015 Joint Summits on Translational Science

2015 Joint Summits Keynote Speakers

Monday, March 23, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TBI Opening Session and Keynote Presentation

Philip E. Bourne, PhD
Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bourne's professional interests focus on service and research. He serves the national biomedical community through contributing ways to maximize the value (and hence accessibility) of scientific data. His research focuses on relevant biological and educational outcomes derived from computation and scholarly communication. This implies algorithms, text mining, machine learning, metalanguages, biological databases, and visualization applied to problems in systems pharmacology, evolution, cell signaling, apoptosis, immunology and scientific dissemination. He is committed to maximizing the societal benefit derived from university research and to furthering the free dissemination of science through new models of publishing and better integration and subsequent dissemination of data and results.

Wednesday, March 25, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

CRI Opening Session and Keynote Presentation

Paul Wicks, PhD
Vice President of Innovation, PatientsLikeMe

Specializing in the conduct of clinical research using the Internet, Paul is responsible for shaping the scientific validity of the PatientsLikeMe platform and generating insights from the personal health data shared by members. This sharing of online medical data has led to over 50 novel studies including a patient-led observational trial of lithium in ALS, digital tools to develop patient-reported outcome measures, a “dose-response” curve for the benefits of friendship between patients, and new methods for gaining patient input into clinical trial design. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Paul worked at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London) studying cognition and neuroimaging in rare forms of ALS, and the psychological consequences of Parkinson’s disease. In 2011 he was awarded MIT Technology Review’s TR35 “Humanitarian of the Year” award and was recognized as a TED Fellow in 2012.

Wednesday, March 25, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TBI Closing Session: Translational Bioinformatics Year-in-Review

Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD, FACMI
Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine and (by courtesy) Computer Science; Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program, Stanford University

Dr. Altman focuses on the creation and application of computational tools to solve problems in biology and medicine.  He focuses particularly on the molecular mechanisms of drug action and drug response, integrating data at the molecular, cellular, organism and population levels.  He is interested in methodological innovation in informatics, including knowledge representation, machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, and physical simulation.

Friday, March 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CRI Closing Session and Clinical Research Informatics Year-in-Review

Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACMI
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, The Ohio State University; Chief Research Information Officer, The Ohio State University Medical Center; Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology

Dr. Embi is an internationally recognized researcher and educator in the field of clinical research informatics, with numerous publications and presentations describing his innovations in the field. Dr. Embi joined the Medical Center in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center where he was Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of Biomedical Informatics in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor in Ohio State’s Department of Biomedical Informatics since 2008. He is also the founding director of the Center for Health Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center.