2017 Biomedical Informatics Symposium at Georgetown October 27, 2017

The 6th annual Biomedical Informatics symposium at Georgetown was a huge success with over 270 registered participants and a poster session that included over​ ​35 selected scientific, team science projects from across the Georgetown community, affiliated local universities, industry sponsors, and other collaborators. Many leaders in the field of bioinformatics joined us to share their work in important areas of Precision Medicine, Big Data in Biomedicine, and Emerging Technologies for Health Data Analytics.Deloitte andGenomOncology sponsored a lunch panel that discussed Decision Support for Precision Oncology and Health Registries as a means to Advance Therapeutic Development below is a summary of talks and panel discussions.

The event was graciously supported by many industry partners listed below:

In addition we had institutional support from our Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS), and the Georgetown Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI).

The program booklet with talk titles as well as poster abstracts can be found here For more information about the day please read the #GUInformatics tweets and a new blog post by Subha Madhavan, Chair, Symposium Program Committee.


Presentations from the 2017 symposium 

Keynote Speaker


Patricia Brennan, RN, Ph.D. Director of the National Library of Medicine.

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Patricia Brennan as

the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 ICBI Symposium.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The future of Data-powered Health​


Panel 1: Distributed, Large Cancer Networks Driving Precision Oncology




Chair: John Marshall, MD. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital




Zach Weinberg, Flatiron

Building a Real-World Clinico-Genomic Database



Robert Currie, MBA, University of California Santa Cruz

The Cancer Gene Trust: Towards a World Wide Genomic Internet



Hongyue Dai, Ph.D., M2Gen.




Robert S. Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO, ASCO.

ASCO’s CancerLinQ: Real-World Insights to Drive Quality Improvement and Precision Oncology



Danielle Carnival, PhD, Biden Foundation

Cancer Moonshot and Beyond: National Initiatives to Advance Health



Panel 2: Are we Educating the Next Generation of Data Scientists to Take on Emerging Challenges?


Yuriy Gusev, Ph.D., Georgetown University

Of MOOCs, Flying Cars and Nano-Degrees.




Ben Busby, Ph.D., National Institute of Health

Hackathons, Visitor Sprints and Student Competitions: Adventures in Unconventional Data Science Training!



Francois Modave, Ph.D., University of Florida

Data Science, Core Competencies, and Program Accreditation.



Baris Suzek, PhD. Georgetown University

An International Perspective on Bioinformatics Education; Challenges & Solutions



Panel 3: Informatics Tools for Cancer Surveillance


Chair: Christopher Loffredo, PhD. Georgetown University.




Valentina Petkov, MD, MPH., National Institute of Health

National Cancer Institute’s SEER Program in the 21st century




Eric Durbin, PhD., University of Kentucky

The Kentucky Cancer Registry: Our Journey Towards Precision Cancer Surveillance



Antoinette Stroup, PhD., Rutgers University.

New Jersey State Cancer Registry: Fighting Cancer with Quality Data and Innovative Research



Panel 4: Current Trends in Molecular Diagnostics


Chair: Robert Beckman, M.D. Georgetown University.




Sharon Plon, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor University.

Advances in Cancer Molecular Diagnostics for Pediatric Cancer Patients



Robert B. Scharpf, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Integrated Genomic Analyses of Ovarian Cancer Cell Lines



Pamela Becker, M.D., Ph.D., University of Washington

Implementing Precision Medicine Clinical Trials for Refractory Acute Leukemia Based on Molecular Data and Functional Screening



Panel 5: Will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Deliver for Biomedicine? How soon?


Chair: Jason Moore, PhD. University of Pennsylvania

Automated Machine Learning




David Page, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison

High Throughput Machine Learning for Health Care




Yue Joseph Wang, Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Machine Learning for Improved Relevance of Pathways and Markers



Sponsor Presentations


Manuel Glynias, BA. GenomeOncology

Decision Support for Precision Oncology


Juergen Klenk, PhD. & Kimberly Myers, PhD. Deloitte

Health Registries as a Means to Advance Therapeutic Development



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