7th  Big Data in Biomedicine Symposium at Georgetown University  October 26, 2018  

This year marked the Seventh Annual Big Data in Biomedicine Symposium at Georgetown University, which brought together over 350 innovators, research scientists, clinicians, educators, and students to exchange ideas, learn new methodologies, and network. Speakers included experts in big data, data science, biomedical informatics from academia, government and industry, they all share a passionate interest in sharing their experiences and learning new innovative approaches to improve patient health and healthcare.

The two day program was very rich and varied with a full day pre-symposium workshops in Immuno-oncology informatics, data visualization in R and EHR data mining.

Dr. Stephen R. T. Evans, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer for MedStar Health gave the introductory remarks, he said “our future will include empty hospitals and empty ORs because of efficient and routine use of Big Data”.

The symposium featured a full day of panel discussions, a poster session and spotlight talks from Dr. Melissa Haendel of OHSU and Dr. Neal Meropol of Flatiron Health, both brought unique perspectives on leading clinical research through data insights from public and commercial sector projects. Session topics included the Rise of the digital citizen, Power of real world evidence, Next generation data commons and Educating the next generation of health data scientists.

Dr.  Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc, dean for research at GUMC, gave the closing remarks, he said “We have a very strong tradition of education at Georgetown, we follow the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, and it’s that holistic view of a person that allows us to think differently about some of these issues,” “And these data sets and what’s in them have implications when it comes to ethics—and that’s why Georgetown is a unique place to have this.”

The day ended with a reception and Best Posters Awards session, three posters were selected, authors received prizes.

Presentations from the 2018 Symposium

Spotlight Talk

Melissa Haendel, Director of the Center for Data and Health, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Melissa Haendel as the Spotlight Talk 1 for the 2018 ICBI Symposium.

Title: Deeper phenotyping for diagnostics and discovery
Melissa Haendel – Georgetown_BigData_2018.pdf

Neal Meropol, MD, Vice President of Research Oncology, Flatiron Health

We were delighted to welcome Neal Meropol as the Spotlight Talk 2 for the 2018 ICBI Symposium.

Title: The emerging role of real-world evidence in oncology

Panel 1: Rise of Digital Citizen

Chair: Kevin Vigilante, MD, Executive Vice President,
Booz Allen Hamilton

Mark Smith, MD, Chief Innovation Officer & Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation

Finale Doshi-Velez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Andrew Moschetti, Lead Solutions Architect
Biomedical Research, Google Cloud

John Lock, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, MedStar Institute for Innovation, Interim Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, MedStar Health

Panel 2: Power of Real World Evidence

Chair: Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

Nicholas-Tatonetti–Clinical Data Mining.pdf

Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin III, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University

Emanuel Petricoin Georgetown.pdf

Jane Fang, MD, Director, Research and Development Information, AstraZeneca/MedImmune

Jane Fang – RWE in Clinical Trial Development for Georgetown Symposium.pdf

Panel 3: Next Generation Data Commons

Chair: Praduman Jain, Founder & CEO, Vibrent Health


Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Chicago Medicine

Samuel Volchenboum_Georgetown.pdf

Ryan Moog, Director and Solution Executive of Research, Cerner Corporation

Ryan Moog Next generation Data Commons.pdf

Joel Saltz, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Stony Brook InstituteStony Brook Institute

Joel Saltz Next Generation Data Commons 2018.pdf

Panel 4: Educating the Next Generation of Health Data Scientists

Researcher Journey Map for ICBI (Panel 4).pdf

Chair: Shahid Shah, Publisher, Netspective Media

Charles Boicey, MS, RN, Cofounder & CIO, Clearsense

Shameer Khader, Ph.D, AstraZeneca

Andrew Ritcheson, PhD, DSc, CPpsychol, PMP, Human Capital Leader, Deloitte

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