Research Day Featured Keynote ‘Creating Space for AI in Healthcare’

Research Day Featured Keynote ‘Creating Space for AI in Healthcare’

Thanks to all who joined us on April 27 as we showed how our research is making a difference. Check back here soon for highlights from our program, including the keynote by Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FAAP, FAMIA, FACMI. Artificial intelligence has transformed many high-profile industries. How can we see similar impact in medicine, Dr. Johnson inquired.

Our interactive research gallery is now open to the public! View video and more from our rising experts here.


Outline of the Day

9 AM: Welcome, followed by DBEI Distinguished Faculty talks…

Vincent Lo Re III, MD, MSCE (Epidemiology Division): “Risk of Arterial and Venous Thrombotic Events in Patients with COVID-19 Compared to Influenza: A Large-Scale Cohort Study Within the US FDA’s Sentinel System"

Graciela Gonzalez Hernandez, MS, PhD (Informatics Division): “Text Mining for Digital Epidemiology: Overcoming the Challenges of Dealing with Real World Data.”

10 AM: Ten flash talks illustrated the work behind our highest-ranked research gallery presentations. See below which talks won prizes!

Informatics student Jingxuan Bao: Identifying Highly Heritable Brain Amyloid Phenotypes Through Mining Alzheimer’s Imaging and Sequencing Biobank Data

Informatics postdoc Silvia Canelon: Exploring Traumatic Brain Injury MechInfoanisms and Severity Using Electronic Health Records Winner, top Informatics talk!

Epidemiology postdoc Ghadeer Dawwas: Effectiveness and Safety of Prophylactic Dose Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis in Hospitalized Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients
Winner, top Epidemiology talk!

Master's of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) student Adina Kern-Goldberger: The Impact of Implementing an Obstetric Co-Morbidity Scoring System during Delivery Admissions on Maternal Morbidity

Informatics postdoc Garam Lee: Artificial Intelligence and Individualized Optimal Glycemic Target in ICU Patients

Biostatistics postdoc Samrat Roy: A Bayesian Nonparametric Approach for Causal Inference with Multiple Mediators

Biostatistics student Jeremy Rubin: PCA Structured Lasso, or PCASSO Winner, top Biostatistics talk!

Epidemiology postdoc Mohsin Shah: Chemoimmunotherapy Versus Immunotherapy for First Line Treatment of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with a PD-L1 Score of 50-100%

Biostatistics postdoc Daniel Vader: Informed Presence in Electronic Health Record Data: Bias and Bias Reduction Approaches in Longitudinal Analyses

Biostatistics student Sarah Weinstein: Penalized Decomposition Using Residuals (PeDecURe) for Mitigating Nuisance Variables in Multivariate Pattern Analysis
Winner, top talk of all!

11:15 AM: Three featured faculty talks, followed by a panel discussion, "From Disparate Clinical Health Databases, Data Integration to Implementation: The Role of Biostatistics, Informatics and Epidemiology to Enable the Learning Health System," with moderator Jing Huang, PhD:

Yong Chen, PhD (Biostatistics Division): “PDA: A New Framework of Privacy-preserving Distributed Algorithms and Inference”

Joost Wagenaar, PhD (Informatics Division): “Integration and Meaningful Sharing of Scientific Data: How Can We Get There?”

Meghan B. Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP, FCCM (Epidemiology Division): “The Morass of Mixed Methodology in Implementation Science: Lessons from Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trials”

12:30 PM: Lunch break to browse research posters and video.

1:30 PM: We announced our flash talk winners and culminated with the keynote “Creating Space for AI in Healthcare: Learning from Recent History.” Dr. Kevin Johnson looked at the effort to introduce AI in medicine — the advances we can achieve and the challenges we face. He proposes a potential strategy based on the path that led to the present-day personal health record. A pioneer of medical information technologies to improve patient safety, Dr. Johnson is a new Penn Integrates Knowledge professor. He holds joint appointments: in the DBEI, and in the Department of Computer and Information Science within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. An expert in science communication, he also holds a secondary appointment in Penn’s Annenberg School.

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