Division of Biology and Medicine
Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics

Community Events

BCBI Symposium

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4pm
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

This signature event will include presentations from BCBI students, an update from BCBI leadership, and a featured invited speaker, Peter Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA. Dr. Embi is the President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute. He is also the Associate Dean for Informatics and Health Services Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Associate Director at the Indiana CTSI, and Vice President for Learning Health Systems at IU Health. Dr. Embi will describe how evidence generating medicine completes the evidence cycle in the research-practice relationship, advancing us closer to realizing the vision of a learning health system.

Schedule

4:00pm - 5:00pm  State of the Center Address and Student Presentations (Room 160)
5:00pm - 6:00pm  Keynote Address by Dr. Embi (Room 160)
6:00pm - 7:00pm  Student Poster Presentations and Reception (1st Floor Atrium)

Featured Presentation

Leveraging Informatics to Create Learning Health Systems: Now, it’s Personal!

Dr. Peter Embi will describe how evidence generating medicine completes the evidence cycle in the research-practice relationship, advancing us closer to realizing the vision of a learning health system.

Peter Embi, MD, MS is the President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute. He is also the Associate Dean for Informatics and Health Services Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Associate Director at the Indiana CTSI, and Vice President for Learning Health Systems at IU Health. Dr. Embi will describe how evidence generating medicine completes the evidence cycle in the research-practice relationship, advancing us closer to realizing the vision of a learning health system.

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2pm
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

This signature event will include presentations from BCBI students, a community update from BCBI leadership, and a featured invited speaker, Amar Das, MD, PhD. Dr. Das is the Director of Learning Health Systems at IBM Research - Cambridge. Dr. Das will describe progress towards developing a learning health system that engages providers, patients, researchers and other stakeholders in continually evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, improving health outcomes, and delivering high value care.

Schedule

2:00pm: State of the Center Address and Student Presentation (Room 160)
2:30pm: Keynote Address by Amar Das, MD, PhD (Room 160)
3:30pm: Student Poster Presentations and Reception (1st Floor Atrium)

Featured Presentation

The Coming AI Spring for Healthcare

The history of artificial intelligence (AI) includes the period of a long AI Winter, when interest in AI diminished drastically as optimistic promises made by AI researchers were not kept in time. We now face a coming AI Spring as sophisticated machine learning approaches, such as deep learning, have been proven highly accurate in a growing set of application areas. In my presentation, I will talk about opportunities these new AI methods have in improving healthcare from the perspective of industry-based research. I will also present caveats based on the challenges of demonstrating the value of AI to clinicians, administrators, and policymakers, which need to be addressed preemptively to avoid another AI Winter.

Amar Das, MD, PhD, is Director of Learning Health Systems at IBM Research. Dr. Das joined IBM's Healthcare and Life Sciences research division in 2016, and leads four teams focused on AI for health care and healthcare effectiveness research. The research focuses on new statistical, computational, organizational, and regulatory methods to advance and evaluate AI solutions in healthcare. The overall goal is to develop a learning health system that engages providers, patients, researchers and other stakeholders in continually evaluating the effectiveness of AI interventions, improving health outcomes, and delivering high value care. Dr. Das received his MD and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford. He completed a research track residency in Psychiatry and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia. He was previously a faculty member at Stanford and Dartmouth.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6pm
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

The Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI) is hosting its first BCBI Symposium at The Warren Alpert Medical School from 6 - 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. This signature event includes a featured invited speaker, Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, MACP, FACMI. Dr. Shortliffe, an internationally renown leader in biomedical informatics, and will share an important perspective on how biomedical informatics is becoming an essential component of modern medical education and practice.

Schedule

6:00pm: Updates from BCBI Leadership (1st Floor Auditorium)
6:15pm: Student Presentations (1st Floor Auditorium)
6:30pm: Keynote Address: Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, MACP, FACMI (1st Floor Auditorium)

Featured Presentation

Enjoying the Journey While Pursing the Goal

As is true with many scholarly disciplines, biomedical informatics has attracted people who are passionate about the field – its challenges, accomplishments, and future potential. Those who have devoted their careers to informatics quickly learn that they are as stimulated and engaged by what is happening in the present as they are in anticipating where the field will progress in the future.  In this talk I will characterize informatics present as part of a continuum that had its beginnings a half century ago, captured the imagination of a generation of risk takers and pioneers who paved the way, is a vibrant and recognized discipline today in essentially all US academic medical centers, and will play an ever-increasing role in both the delivery of care and the promotion of health. Its relevance to the education and careers of all health professionals will be stressed, even as we recognize that many of today’s informatics contributions are imperfect and help to define the next challenges for new knowledge development, research, and the implementation of future solutions.

Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, MACP, FACMI, is Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Senior Advisor to the Dean of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. He also holds academic positions as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Informatics Association (2009-2012). He has also held academic appointments at the UT Health Sciences Center in Houston (2009-2011), the University of Arizona (2007-2009), Columbia University (2000-2007), and Stanford University (1979-2000). Both a computer scientist and a physician, Dr. Shortliffe is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine). He has also been elected to fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. A Master of the American College of Physicians, he received the ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1976 and ACMI’s Morris F. Collen Award in 2006. Currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and a well-known textbook on Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Shortliffe has authored over 350 articles and books in the fields of biomedical computing and artificial intelligence.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:30-7:30pm
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI)
Open House & Welcome Reception Featuring Provost Richard Locke

We hope you can join us for a welcome reception featuring the new Provost, Dr. Richard Locke, and open house for the new Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI), where BCBI's inaugural director, Dr. Neil Sarkar, and associate director, Dr. Liz Chen, will provide an overview of BCBI and be available to discuss potential synergies across the Brown community and with colleagues around the State of RI.