Informatics for Health 2017: International Delegates Meet for Inter-disciplinary Conference

Published on: 4th May 2017

Pictured: Prof Iain Buchan welcomes delegates on behalf of The Farr Institute

Last week, more than 700 delegates from around the world gathered in Manchester for Informatics for Health 2017, 24-26 April.

The Congress brought together Medical Informatics Europe (MIE2017) from the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and The Farr Institute International Conference 2017 for three intensive days of learning, interaction and networking as well as an action-packed programme of social activities and fringe events.

Poster-viewing and networking

Pre-conference events included the Doctoral Symposium, an ideal opportunity for students from across Europe and further afield to explore their research interests and disseminate their work in an interdisciplinary workshop under the guidance of senior academics.

Prominent thought-leaders in informatics delivered keynote addresses throughout the programme including:

  • Riccardo Bellazzi, Professor of Bioengineering and Biomedical Informatics, University of Pavia
  • Frank van Harmelen, Professor of Knowledge Representation & Reasoning, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology, University College London
  • Sally Okun, Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety, PatientsLikeMe

The Farr Institute hosted a session on Tuesday 25 April to discuss research over the past year and to highlight the opportunities for the UK research community that lie ahead with the establishment of the recently announced Health Data Research UK.

Prof Andrew Morris on the future of health informatics research in the UK

The Farr Institute session addressed:

  • Powering Population Health Science with Informatics
    Professor Iain Buchan, Farr Institute, Health eResearch Centre
  • Understanding and Improving Complex Interventions through Linked Data
    Dr Sarah Rodgers, Farr Institute, CIPHER
  • Exploring Infant Outcomes and Service Provision at an International Scale with Administrative Data
    Dr Katie Harron, Farr Institute, London
  • Rethinking Trajectories of Child BMI: Communities Inviting Data Science
    Dr Lamiece Hassan, Farr Institute, Health eResearch Centre
  • Novel Computational Methods to Enrich Research with Routine Healthcare Data
    Dr Spiros Denexas, Farr Institute, London
  • Understanding Kidney Function across Time, Place and Person
    Professor Corri Black, Farr Institute, Scotland
  • UK Health Data Analytics Roadmap
    Dr Niels Peek, Farr Institute, Health eResearch Centre
  • Health Data Research UK
    Professor Andrew Morris, Farr Institute, Scotland

In addition, The Farr Institute awarded the following prizes, congratulations to our winners:

The Farr Institute Prizes for Best Abstract for Poster:

Mohammad Al Sallakh et al.
A tool to improve the efficiency and reproducibility of research using electronic health record databases

Angharad Walters et al.
Survival following discharge from Critical Care

The Farr Institute Prize for Best Oral Presentation:

Rachel Williams
Limitations for health research with restricted data collection from UK primary care: a systematic review

Congratulations also to Fatima Chunara who was selected at random from our Mailing List Book Prize Draw. Thank you to all those who entered and took time to find out more about The Farr Institute in the Exhibition hall.

Making connections in the Exhibition Hall

For more details about Informatics for Health 2017, visit the conference website.

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