2017 Joint Summits Message from the Chairs

Jason Moore, PhD, FACMI, 2017 Joint Summits on Translational Bioinformatics Chair
Edward Rose Professor of Informatics
Director, Institute for Biomedical Informatics
Director, Division of Informatics,
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Senior Associate Dean for Informatics
The Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Editor-in-Chief, BioData Mining
@moorejh

We have very recently entered the golden era of biomedical informatics. Clinical and research data has far exceeded our size and complexity comfort levels and, as a result, investment in informatics personnel, computational hardware, and software across academia, government, and industry has never been greater. This comes at a time when biomedical research questions and healthcare strategies have never been more impactful. The Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) conference brings together informatics scientists doing cutting-edge research at the interface of basic and clinical science to advance translation of biological mechanisms to the improvement of healthcare. The 2017 Joint Summits on Translational Science is the only event of its kind that specifically fosters interactions between three informatics communities: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics and informatics implementation. Attendees will be exposed to state-of-the-art informatics research and methods with the opportunity to discuss timely challenges with experts across these three disciplines.

Peggy Peissig, PhD, MBA, 2017 Joint Summits on Clinical Research Informatics Chair
Center Director, Biomedical Informatics Research Center
Associate Research Scientist
Chief Research Informatics Officer
Marshfield Clinic
Recipient of the John Melski Distinguished Scientist in Biomedical Informatics
@PeissigPeggy

The field of Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) is rapidly changing, due in part to the availability of large amounts of clinical and genomic data, healthcare consumer involvement and public health concerns. New informatics theories, tools and solutions are needed to accelerate our knowledge discovery, translation, application and implementation of solutions in these areas. The AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science is the perfect venue to learn about cutting-edge informatics in both the clinical, bioinformatics, and implementation informatics domains and to meet the leaders who are advancing translational science. I’ve attended the Joint Summits for several years now, primarily because I can learn about new and innovative translational informatics research; network with a variety of individuals including new scientists, collaborators and national leaders; see old friends; and enjoy the weather.  I am honored and excited to be the CRI Chair for the 2017 Joint Summits and look forward to working closely with the CRI Scientific Planning Committee and AMIA staff to develop next year’s CRI scientific program. I hope you will consider attending the Joint Summit festivities to learn, network and have some fun, next March in San Francisco.  

Bernie LaSalle, BS, 2017 Joint Summits Informatics Implementation Track Chair
Director of CCTS BMIC Operations
University of Utah Health Science Center
@bernie_lasalle

The AMIA 2017 Joint Summits Informatics Implementation Track is designed to provide a forum for the presentation of information and ideas, from best-of-breed software teams, gap analyses, requirements gathering, professional development opportunities, networking sessions and mentoring opportunities geared specifically to support existing or new CRI/TBI/EDM implementation experts.

Content for the four-day event includes: invited talks and panel discussions from leaders in the field; exercises to promote networking between new and established implementors and is designed to promote collaboration and small group discussions.