Community Learning Space

The Many Facets and Faces of Health Informatics

The infraNET Project and the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research are hosting a series of Smarter Health Seminars entitled "The Many Facets and Faces of Health Informatics".

The presentations will be 50 minutes in duration, followed by a 30-40 minute facilitated discussion.

The seminars are hosted by David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo. Professor Dominic Covvey, Director of WIHIR is the moderator for the seminars.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals from the health and IT industries, educators, and interested citizens


Davis Centre, Room 1302, University of Waterloo and on the Web

Date and Time:

Usually 4th Wednesday, Jan. - June; Sept. - Nov.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


There is no charge to attend. However,  we request that you register and indicate how you will be attending (in person, via webcast or OTN videoconference.)

Seminars and Speakers: "The Many Facets and Faces of Health Informatics" Series

January, 16, 2008 - "Health Informatics: Critical Support for Critical Research"
Dr. David Hill, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario,
& Scientific Director of the Lawson Health Research Institute

February 27, 2008 - "Personalized Medicine: Today and Tomorrow"
Dr. Richard Kim, Professor of Medicine and Physiology & Pharmacology;  Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute, 
Chair, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Director, Centre for Clinical Investigation & Therapeutics  

University of Western Ontario

March 26, 2008 - "Smart Systems for Health Agency - Helping Improve Ontario's Health Care Through e-Health Innovation"
William Albino, CEO, Smart Systems for Health Agency

April 30, 2008 - Managing the Medical Imaging Tsunami: Reducing Data Volume
Dr. David Koff, Chief, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hamilton Health Sciences
& Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

May 28, 2008 - Geographic Informatics Systems for Community Health
Mr. Tom Vair, Executive Director and Ms. Michelle Courneene, HI Development Manager,
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

June 25, 2008 - Illness in the Age of 'e' :How Connected Technology Changes the Patient Experience

Dr. Danny Sands, Senior Medical Informatics Director, Cisco Systems & Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

September 24, 2008 - Standardized MR Imaging of the Brain: A Paradigm Shift
Dr. E. Mark Haacke, Director of the Imaging Program, School for Biomedical Engineering;
Director of the MRI Institute for Biomedical Research and Director, MR Research Facility, Wayne State University;
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University

October 29, 2008 - System-Supported Clinical Practice: Linking People, Process and Informatics Together as a System
William Stead, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy/Transformation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

November 26, 2008 - Healthcare, Biobanks and Research Information Systems in the UK
Stephen Walker,
Professor of Healthcare (Research Informatics), University of Manchester;
IS Programme Director, National Institutes for Health Research
; Director (Information Systems), UK Clinical Research Network
Chief Information Officer, UK Biobank