Community Learning Space

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

present ...

Grand Challenges for Biomedical
Information Retrieval in the 21st Century


Professor William Hersh, M.D.
Chair, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors:
McKesson Information Solutions, VON Canada and HIMCC Inc.

This seminar is of interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff, Faculty and Students.  

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Despite the proliferation of on-line information resources, finding and applying knowledge in clinical practice and biomedical research is still a challenging task. Dr. Hersh, a well-known leader in the field, will provide an overview of the major challenges in the production, organization, and evaluation of systems in this area. The talk will conclude with a discussion of research directions for the future as well as an overview of the education environment for biomedical informatics.

William Hersh, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Hersh is well-known for both his research work in biomedical information retrieval and his development of educational programs in biomedical informatics at OHSU. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in 1987, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University in 1990.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, 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 are: LivePage (now part of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

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