UW News

May 19, 2005

Informatics in our future

By Claire Dietz

News & Community Relations

Frontiers in Biomedical Research, an annual symposium sponsored by the School of Medicine, will focus this year on the effects of the revolution in information processing on medical research and patient care. Two of the leading thinkers in biomedical informatics will be at the UW to speak at the morning session, and the symposium will also include discussion sessions with leading UW scientists. There is no charge and registration is not required.

“The Impact of Informatics on the Understanding and Treatment of Human Disease: Visions of the Future” will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Hogness Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center. Morning speakers are Dr. Russ Altman, director of Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Computation, on “Challenges in Building Genotype-Phenotype Data Resources to Support Personalized Medicine” and Dr. Gary Stormo, director of the Program in Computational Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, on “Perspectives from the Bench on Applications to the Bedside.”

After a lunch break, breakout discussion groups will meet in conference rooms at UW Medical Center’s Plaza Café. These will be led by UW faculty members Dr. Maynard Olson, Dr. Robert Waterston, Dr. James Brinkley and Dr. Sherrilynne Fuller. A closing session in Hogness Auditorium and a reception in the Health Sciences Lobby will conclude the program.

This year’s Frontiers in Biomedical Research Symposium has been organized by the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, part of the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, and the Department of Genome Sciences.

For more information, see the symposium Web site at http://depts.washington.edu/fbr2005/