AMIA Honors Paul A. Harris, PhD, FACMI, with Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics

Monday, November 16, 2015

BETHESDA, MD – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) presented Paul A. Harris, PhD, FACMI, with the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics during AMIA’s Annual Symposium, Nov. 14 – 18 in San Francisco. Dr. Harris is professor of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering, and director of the Office of Research Informatics for Vanderbilt University. 

“AMIA is proud to honor Paul Harris with the Lindberg Award,” said AMIA Chair Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We congratulate Dr. Harris on his exceptional accomplishments and thank him for his esteemed influence on the field of informatics and commitment to AMIA’s mission.”  

The Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics recognizes an individual who exemplifies Dr. Lindberg's continuous commitment to the field, which dramatically altered the scope and extent of informatics' practice and research.

Dr. Harris devised and created REDCap, a research data collection and management software platform that has seen widespread adoption by 1,600 academic and non-profit institutions in 92 countries.  He also created and runs a national program designed to 'match' volunteers wishing to volunteer for studies and scientists recruiting participants for research at any CTSA institution. The ResearchMatch program is currently serving 83,000 volunteers and 3,200 researchers across 111 academic institutions.

Dr. Harris is interested in problems associated with novel strategies for data collection, analysis and dissemination in patient-oriented and translational research; noninvasive methods for determination of physiological properties; and software collaboration and dissemination models. He currently serves as co-principal investigator for the PCORI Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network, principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute eMERGE Coordinating Center and co-chair for the Clinical & Translational Science Awards Informatics Domain Task Force group.

Dr. Harris earned his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier educational event in the field. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics and over 100 scientific sessions. The Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

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AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.