Welcome to The University of Melbourne

Welcome to The University of Melbourne

In January, HBIRU had the pleasure of hosting visiting academic, Professor Riccardo Bellazzi from The University of Pavia, Italy.

Prof Bellazzi is the Director of the “Mario Stefanelli” Bio-Medical Informatics Laboratory and a a Professor of Bioengineering.

A highly regarded and active member of the biomedical informatics community, Prof Bellazzi’s visit was a great opportunity for connecting and collaborating with an international colleague with common research interests.  Dr Douglas Boyle, Head of the GRHANITE™ Health Informatics Unit, at The University of Melbourne’s Rural Health Academic Centre (Shepparton) had this to say about the visit…

One of the great things about Universities is the collegiate approach to knowledge and information exchange. Meeting Prof. Ricardo Bellazzi from the University of Pavia, Italy last week was a great example of this with our discussions around GRHANITE and I2B2 helping to formulate some exciting ideas for the future. The GRHANITE platform is a data acquisition tool – and it’s utility ends when data arrives on a database somewhere in a University or research organisation. Unfortunately in my experience most researchers have the capacity to deal with stats packages and spreadsheets but dealing with complicated data formats and cleaning data ready for analysis is a real struggle. Solving such problems is out-with the scope of what can be delivered with GRHANITE alone (as it stands). I2B2 seems like a great opportunity to provide ontological representation of data in a relatively painless manner and it was very valuable to discuss the experience of the University of Pavia in doing just this. This pragmatic discussion was able to propose some exiting ideas for automated ontological representation that would make it possible to rapidly extract, prepare and deliver data to researchers in a manner that fully supports their research requirements without requiring data expertise. Watch this space…


About HaBIC

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIc) at the University of Melbourne. Our goal is to build collaborations that advance human health through the shared development and application of expert knowledge about information and communication technologies for healthcare and biomedical research. The unit has an interdisciplinary focus and works closely with researchers from across The University of Melbourne, particularly Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, Computing and Information Systems, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Melbourne School of Medicine and the Melbourne School of Engineering.
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