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AMIA 2022 Informatics Summit Keynote and Plenary Presentations

We are excited to offer four plenary presentations including two Keynote presentations and two Year-In-Reviews at the 2022 Informatics Summit in Chicago.

Keynote Presentations

Opening Plenary

Monday, March 21, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m

Hannah Wei
Patient-Led Research Collaborative (PLRC)

Hannah Wei is a Long COVID researcher based in Canada and a person with Long COVID. She is currently co-leading the Patient-Led Research Collaborative (PLRC), an interdisciplinary group of Long COVID patient-researchers and patient advocates at the forefront of Long COVID research and patient advocacy. Since April 2020, her team has conducted studies and published papers on the Long COVID condition, including "Characterising long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact" in the Lancet. PLRC's work has been cited widely by the WHO, CDC, policy briefs and public health guidelines for Long COVID across the world.

Hannah has a background in cognitive science and computer science at Queen's University, Canada. Outside of PLRC, she runs Studio HX, a design and research consultancy helping teams uncover insights from frontier communities and bridging these insights into impactful products and services. Prior to the pandemic, her work has been focused on building sustainable digital ecosystems in communities of Southeast Asia and West Africa.

Closing Plenary

Thursday, March 24, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD
University of Chicago Medicine

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health at the University of Chicago Medicine, Olopade’s research is focused on gaining a better understanding of the root causes and genomic basis of cancer in diverse populations.  She has published extensively on genetic and non-genetic risk factors for breast cancer and is internationally renowned for her work in inherited cancer syndromes and clinical expertise in early detection and prevention of breast cancer in high risk women. Olopade mapped genes frequently altered in cancer and has characterized the molecular pathways defining aggressive forms of breast cancer in women of African ancestry.

A distinguished scholar and mentor, Olopade has been elected to the most prestigious academies and societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Olopade served for six years as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Global Cancer Research during the Obama Administration. Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from several universities, the Franklin Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal, The Order of Lincoln, Officer of the Order of the Niger and, in 2005, a MacArthur Fellowship for “translating findings on the molecular genetics of breast cancer in African and African-American women into innovative clinical practices in the United States and abroad.”

Dr. Olopade earned her medical degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria. She trained in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and in combined Hematology/Oncology and Cancer Genetics at the Joint Section of Hematology and Oncology at The University of Chicago.  An advocate for social justice, she serves as director on several civic and corporate boards.

Year in Review

Translational Bioinformatics and Data Science

Tuesday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, FACMI
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Nicholas Tatonetti is associate professor of biomedical informatics in the departments of Biomedical Informatics, Systems Biology, and Medicine and is Director of Clinical Informatics at the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University. He received his PhD from Stanford University where he focused on the development of novel statistical and computational methods for observational data mining. He applied these methods to drug safety surveillance and the discovery of dangerous drug-drug interactions. His lab at Columbia is focused on expanding upon his previous work in detecting, explaining, and validating drug effects and drug interactions from large-scale observational data.

Widely published in both clinical and bioinformatics, Dr. Tatonetti is passionate about the integration of hospital data (stored in the electronic health records) and high-dimensional biological data (captured using next-generation sequencing, high-throughput screening, and other "omics" technologies). Dr. Tatonetti has been featured by the New York Times, Genome Web, and Science Careers. His work has been picked up by the mainstream and scientific media and generated thousands of news articles.

CRI In Focus: Fireside Chat and Townhall on Enterprise Data Warehouses for Research (EDW4R)

Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Enterprise data warehouses developed to support research (EDW4R) have become critical clinical research informatics (CRI) infrastructure. As the development and usage of of EDW4R has grown and matured, there is increasingly a recognition and study of EDW4R as a discipline and career path. In this fireside chat and townhall, Informatics Summit attendees will have the opportunity hear from key leaders in the EDW4R field and share their own experiences. This session will help build connections for EDW4R practitioners and hopefully shape operational and research agendas for the coming years.

Thomas Campion, PhD
Weill Cornell
Sara Deakyne Davies
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Boyd Knosp, MS, FAMIA
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicin
Emily Pfaff
UNC School of Medicine
Evan Sholle
Weill Cornell Medicine
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