Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

present ...

Health Informatics:
Critical Support for Clinical Research


Dr. David Hill

Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario
Scientific Director of the Lawson Health Research Institute

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions - Smart Systems for Health Agency
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Presentation Archive 2008

Clinical research is intensely dependent on the existence of technological support for data capture, analysis and visualization, information and knowledge management, and knowledge translation and communication. Information systems tools have evolved to a state where they are crucial adjuncts to the clinical research process. These include clinical trial management systems, data mining and visualization systems, information systems that support collaboration, and sophisticated information searching and retrieval software. The needs of researchers and the state of the technology have converged to a degree that it is virtually impossible to excel in clinical research without also excelling in the area of research informatics. The Lawson Health Research Institute has long recognized the need to develop its informatics capacity in support of its many research programs.

This presentation will give a perspective of the research strengths and goals at Lawson, how informatics will be essential in achieving these, and the types of collaborative partnerships we have identified as being necessary. Our objective is to create an integrated health research network covering all of south western Ontario with the potential to utilize the health data of 2.5 million people.

About the Speaker
Dr. David Hill is the Scientific Director of the Lawson Health Research Institute, Integrated Vice President, Research for London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph s Health Care, London, and a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Physiology at The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Hill is actively involved in national and provincial health research advocacy as a Board member of Research Canada and as Co-Chair for the Council of Ontario Research Directors (CORD). He also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Dr. Hill has over 200 research publications and his research centres on the generation of new insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas as a strategy for the reversal of diabetes.

For more information
Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.