Monday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
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.
Tuesday, March 22, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Deborah Estrin, PhD
Professor of Computer Science, Cornell Tech
Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Estrin is founder of the Health Tech Hub at Cornell Tech in New York City. She is also a co-founder of the non-profit startup Open mHealth. Her current focus is on mobile health and small data, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices and digital interactions for health and life management (TEDMED, Small data Lab).
Estrin is credited for being a thought leader in the subfield of wireless sensing systems, and in high impact, application-driven computer systems research. She chaired the National Research Council study on Networked Embedded Computing, which produced the report, Embedded Everywhere; and in 2001 shortly after joining the UCLA faculty, she founded the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin spent the early part of her career on faculty at USC (1986-2000) in the Internet research and development community (IETF and Sigcomm) with a focus on protocol design and scalability. Estrin received her PhD (1985) in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her BS (1980) from U.C. Berkeley.
Estrin’s contributions to technology and application innovation have been recognized internationally, including: first ACM Athena Lecturer (2006), the Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL Switzerland (2008) and Uppsala University Sweden (2010), and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007) and the National Academy of Engineering (2009).
Wednesday, March 23, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
David Haussler, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Distinguished Professor, Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz
Scientific Director, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, University of California, Santa Cruz
Director, UCSC Cancer Genomics Hub, University of California, Santa Cruz
Scientific Co-Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
David Haussler develops new statistical and algorithmic methods to explore the molecular function, evolution, and disease process in the human genome, integrating comparative and high-throughput genomics data to study gene structure, function, and regulation. As a collaborator on the international Human Genome Project, his team posted the first publicly available computational assembly of the human genome sequence. His team subsequently developed the UCSC Genome Browser, a web-based tool that is used extensively in biomedical research. He built the CGHub database to hold NCI’s cancer genome data, co-founded the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Project to enable international comparison of childhood cancer genomes, and is a co-founder of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), a coalition of the top research, health care, and disease advocacy organizations He is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts & Science.
Thursday, March 24, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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.