Symposium - Agenda

Discovery and Innovation: UMB’s Commitment to Health Informatics and Bioimaging


  • Describe the state of health informatics and university centers of health informatics excellence.
  • Identify the value of campus health informatics infrastructures for future discovery, translational science, patient-centered research impact and innovation potential.
  • Demonstrate progress to date on UMB’s strategic investment in informatics and identify opportunities for collaboration and translation.
  • Maximize the engagement and participation of the campus community.

Who should attend: research and translational scientists, knowledge management professionals, legal, social work, and health professionals.


8 to 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.


Building and Evolving Sustainable Informatics Programs to Support Clinical and Translational Research

Paul Harris, PhD
Director, Office of Research Informatics
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

9:45 to 10 a.m.


10 to 10:30 a.m.

Overview: Center for Health Informatics and Bioimaging

Owen White, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Health Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB)
Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences
University of Maryland School of Medicine

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Overview: UMIACS and Imaging Research and Capacity

Amitabh Varshney, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Health Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB)
Professor, Computer Science
Director, CMNS-Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
University of Maryland, College Park

11 to 11:10 a.m.


11:10 a.m to 12:10 p.m.

Distinguished Lecture

Discovery & Innovation: Genome Informed Cancer Medicine

Mia Levy, MD, PhD
Ingram Assistant Professor of Cancer Research
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medicine
Director, Cancer Clinical Informatics
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

12:10 to 1 p.m.

Networking Lunch
**Lunch will be provided**

1 to 2 p.m.

UMB Research HARBOR Overview and Use Case Demo

Kathleen Tracy, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
Associate Director, CHIB
Director, Clinical Translational Research and Informatics Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine

2 to 2:15 p.m.


2:15 to 3 p.m.

Panel:  UMB Assets and Linkages

Moderator:  Owen White


  • Eleanor Perfetto, PhD
    Professor, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, School of Pharmacy: “The Necessity of Organizational Research Partnerships”
  • Casey Overby, PhD
    Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and CHIB: “Personalized and Genomic Medicine”
  • Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Professor, School of Nursing, Specialty Director Nursing Informatics: “Health IT Innovations for Patients and Their Caregivers”
  • Terry Shaw, PhD 
    Assistant Professor, School of Social Work: “Links: A Multiagency Data Linking Initiative to Examine Cross System Needs of Children in Maryland”
  • Elliot Siegel, MD
    Professor, School of Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine: “Bioimaging and Informatics”

3 to 3:30 p.m.

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