High School Students Present at National Informatics Symposium

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

10 teams partnered with top universities to participate in the AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium

(BETHESDA, MD) – AMIA has chosen 10 high school students who worked on research projects with faculty mentors from across the country to present at its annual symposium. AMIA launched the high school development program in 2014 to encourage interest in the growing field of biomedical informatics. Five students were chosen for oral presentations and five students were chosen for poster presentations. They presented yesterday during the AMIA Annual Symposium, Nov. 14-18 in San Francisco.

The symposium draws 2,500 attendees for an event featuring 600+ papers, panels and posters. The High School Scholars Program provides an opportunity for high school students to present their research activities. All submissions were peer reviewed by members of the AMIA 2015 Scientific Program Committee and additional researchers. The symposium will include educational activities and networking events for high school students and high school teachers participating in educational and research partnerships with biomedical informatics researchers across the U.S.

The program is organized by Neil Sarkar, PhD, MLIS, Brown University, Kim Unertl, PhD, MS, Vanderbilt University, and John T. Finnell, MD, MSc, Regenstrief Institute.

“As we move into the second year of the AMIA High School Scholars Program, we are excited to expand the program to include more students.,” said Dr. Unertl. “Being able to present at a major scientific meeting allows these students to showcase the exceptional work they’ve done with guidance from faculty mentors.”

S51: High School Scholars Oral Presentations
Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Room: Yosemite C (Hilton Union Square)

High School Student Oral Presenters

Efficient Unsupervised Feature Selection for EMR Phenotyping
Fiona Cai, Stuyvesant High School;
Katherine P. Liao, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Jessica Minnier, Oregon Health & Science University;
Sheng Yu, Tsinghua University

Comparison of Query Performance of a Research Data Warehouse Stored in a Relational Star Schema Database vs in a NoSQL Document-Store Database
Mit Patel, Absegami High School;
Bill Shirey, University of Pittsburgh

Convolutional Neural Networks for Identifying Transcription Factor Binding Motifs
Lukas Schmit, Winchester Thurston High School;
Joyetta Dutta-Moscato and Xinghua Lu, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Panoptiq Imaging System Compared with Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) for Challenging Pathology Cases
Kahmil Shajihan, Sewickley Academy;
Sara E. Monaco, Ishtiaque Ahmed, Jon Duboy, Liron Pantanowitz, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Relationship of IT Sophistication to Quality Measures in a National Study of Nursing Homes
Brooke Striegel, Lighthouse Preparatory Academy;
Gregory L. Alexander, Sinclair School of Nursing at University of Missouri

Poster Session 1: High School Scholars Poster Presentations
Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Room: Grand Ballroom (Hilton Union Square)

High School Student Poster Presenters

BioTurk: Crowd Verification of the Construction and Augmentation of Biological Pathways
Rachel Hong, The Bishop’s School;
Sasha Koruga, Victoria Yao, Alicja Tadych. Young-suk Lee, Arjun Krishnan, Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University; Aaron Wong, Simons Foundation; Nesanet Mitiku, Mount Sinai Hospital; Sepandar Kamvar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Information Seeking Behaviors of Pregnant Women and their Caregivers: Technology Usage and Preferences
Hannah Huth, The Harpeth Hall School;
Gretchen P. Jackson and Shilo H. Anders, Vanderbilt University

Methodology for Cross Talk of Pathways: Case Study EGFR Pathway in Breast Cancer
Zeba Kokan, Park Tudor High School
Meeta Pradhan and Mathew Palakal, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Analyzing Workflow Patterns in Large Datasets: Exploring the Vanderbilt Outpatient Whiteboard
Baridi L. Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School;
Bryan Steitz and Kim M. Unerti, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

GWAS Variants in Asthma Susceptibility in African American Youth
Oona Risse-Adams, Lowell High School;
Jennifer Adams, Stanford University; Marquitta White, Sam Oh, Esteban Burchard, Donglei, Hu, Melissa Spear, Scott Huntsman, Celeste Eng, University of California San Francisco; Page Goddard, University of California Los Angeles


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.