The Role of Biomedical Informatics int eh US Precision Medicine Initiative

HaBIC Seminar Series 2016

Tuesday 22 March 2016 – 12 pm

Theatre 4 – Alan Gilbert Building – Cnr Grattan and Barry Street – The University of Melbourne

The US Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) was announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. He referred to Precision Medicine as ‘an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person’. In September 2015, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Francis Collins accepted the framework outlined by a  Working Group to create and manage a large (more than 1M participants) research cohort.  Prof Martin-Sanchez’s presentation will describe the initial steps taken by the NIH to build the infrastructure so that participants can begin enrolling in the cohort in 2016. It will also highlight the critical role that biomedical informatics is to play in the PMI through the integrated analysis of clinical (EHR), genomic and environmental (eg. mobile health) data. Lastly, the clinical, research and educational strengths of Weill Cornell Medicine and their partners in this context will be presented and discussed.

Prof Martin Sanchez

Lecturer: Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez, PhD, FACMI, FACHI

Fernando Martin Sanchez is Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York. Prior to this, he was the University of Melbourne’s Chair of Health Informatics from 2011 to 2015 and the Foundational Director of the University’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC). He has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by main agencies in Spain, European Commission and Australia. His areas of interest cover the role of informatics in precision medicine, translational research and participatory health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the new International Journal of Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare and is Chair elect of the IMIA Working Group on Data Mining and Big Data Analytics.

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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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