Room 202 Reed McDonald Building
Dr. Georgia Tourassi/Director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center and the Health Data Sciences Institute at ORNL
Abstract: In the era of data-driven innovation, effective use of increasingly larger, complex, and diverse datasets has become a critical challenge for healthcare transformation. To meet the challenge, the scientific community must deliver innovative solutions for interpreting the influx of information to keep pace with rapid scientific developments. The mission of a national lab is to enable scientific innovations and transformative technical breakthroughs for grand challenges by leveraging unique resources while working closely with academia, industry, and federal agencies. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is taking on this ‘Big Data to Knowledge’ challenge for health innovations via its Health Data Sciences Institute. In this presentation I will provide an overview of the institute’s mission, vision, and priorities. I will also highlight two data-intensive, data-driven, cancer-related biomedical applications from precision medicine and population health: (i) Cyber-informatics technologies for epidemiological knowledge discovery, and (ii) User-adaptive computer aids for breast cancer screening.
BIO: Georgia Tourassi: Dr. Georgia Tourassi is the Director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center and the Health Data Sciences Institute at ORNL. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. She received the Young Investigator’s Award from the National Institute of Health and the Whitaker Foundation. Before joining ORNL in 2011, Dr. Tourassi was Associate Professor of Radiology and the Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke University Medical Center, where she currently holds an Adjunct Professor position. She is also Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, medical imaging, and computer-aided decision support and her research has been featured in publications such as the Economist, Physics Today, and others. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal, conference proceedings papers, and book chapters. She serves regularly on NIH grant review study sections. She has also served on the FDA advisory committee on computer-aided diagnosis devices. In 2014 she won an R&D 100 Award and in 2015 she was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
Host: Dr. Reddy