ABAIM Review Course – International Series (ABAIM Australasia)

Date

Oct 23 - 24 2021

Time

AEDT
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This International Series Review Course for ABAIM Australasia is held at a special time to accommodate attendees in different time zones. PLEASE NOTE: The date and times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

  • The course will be held October 23-24 from 8am – 4pm AEDT
  • The equivalent in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone is October 22-23rd from 5pm – 1am

The ABAIM AI in Medicine Review Course is a comprehensive, two-day course on basic concepts in artificial intelligence in clinical medicine and healthcare designed by a team of clinician-data scientists as well as clinicians with an AI focus and data scientists who are involved in healthcare. This course is for all who are interested in having an overall review of concepts and applications in artificial intelligence in clinical medicine and healthcare.

About the course:

  • The format is “flipped” in that much of the review will be faculty discussing (not presenting) slides
  • In addition, the attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the sessions
  • There will also be a “pre” and “post” review course assessment with half the number of questions (50 questions) as the certification assessment (110 questions).

This course as well as independent study will prepare any attendee for the ABAIM AI in Medicine Assessment and Certification (110 questions in 2 hours).


Hourly Schedule

Day 1

8:00 - 9:15
Orientation to the ABAIM Artificial Intelligence in Medicine review course
I. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
- Basic Concepts of Artificial Intelligence (Modules 1.1-1.5)
- History of Artificial Intelligence (Module 2.1)
- History of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Module 3.1)
Speakers:
Anthony Chang, Enrico Coiera, Flora Wan, Hao Tran, Jim Basilakis, Nicholas Moore, Orest Boyko, Suraj Sasikumar, Zaidon Al-Falahi
9:15 - 9:30
Short Break
9:30 - 10:30
I. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Continued)
- Healthcare Data and Databases (Modules 4.1-4.4)
Speakers:
Annemarie Hennessy, Anthony Chang, Flora Wan, George Margelis, Lucy Morgan, Orest Boyko, Paul Middleton, Sidney Lo, Upul Premawardhana
10:30 - 11:30
Lunch Session
- Ethics in AI in Healthcare
Speakers:
Orest Boyko, Paul Middleton
11:30 - 12:30
II. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Current Era
-Healthcare Data and Databases (Modules 4.1-4.4)
- Machine and Deep Learning (Part I)(Modules 5.1-5.8)
Speakers:
Annemarie Hennessy, Anthony Chang, Flora Wan, Jim Basilakis, Lucy Morgan, Orest Boyko, Paul Middleton, Suraj Sasikumar, Upul Premawardhana
12:30 - 12:45
Short Break
12:45 - 2:00
II. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Current Era (continued)
- Machine and Deep Learning (Part I)(Modules 5.1-5.8)
Speakers:
Anthony Chang, Flora Wan, Hao Tran, Jim Basilakis, Johan Verjans, Nicholas Moore, Orest Boyko
2:00 - 2:30
Long Break
2:30 - 4:00
II. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Current Era (continued)
- Machine and Deep Learning (Part II)(Modules 5.9-5.12)
Speakers:
Anthony Chang, Flora Wan, Johan Verjans, Nicholas Moore, Orest Boyko, Suraj Sasikumar, Zaidon Al-Falahi
4:00 - 5:00
Networking

Day 2

8:00 - 9:15
Review of Day 1
II. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Current Era
- Machine and Deep Learning (Part III)(Modules 5.13-5.17)
- Assessment of Model Performance
- Issues with Machine and Deep Learning
Speakers:
Anthony Chang, Enrico Coiera, Hao Tran, Jim Basilakis, Nicholas Moore, Orest Boyko, Suraj Sasikumar, Zaidon Al-Falahi
9:15 - 9:30
Short Break
9:30 - 10:30
II. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Current Era (continued)
- Other Key Concepts in Artificial Intelligence (Modules 6.1-6.4)
Speakers:
Anthony Chang, George Margelis, Hao Tran, Jim Basilakis, Nicholas Moore, Orest Boyko, Suraj Sasikumar, Zaidon Al-Falahi
10:30 - 11:30
Lunch Session
11:30 - 12:30
III. The Current Era of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
IV. The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Application in Medicine
- Clinician Cognition and AI in Medicine (Modules 7.1-7.6)
- Artificial Intelligence in Subspecialties (Modules 8.1-8.5)
- Key Concepts of the Future of AI (Modules 10.1-10.2)
- The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Module 11.1)
Speakers:
Annemarie Hennessy, Anthony Chang, George Margelis, Lucy Morgan, Orest Boyko, Paul Middleton, Sidney Lo
12:30 - 12:45
Short Break
12:45 - 2:00
Open Forum
Speakers:
Annemarie Hennessy, Anthony Chang, Enrico Coiera, George Margelis, Hao Tran, Jim Basilakis, Johan Verjans, Lucy Morgan, Martin Than, Orest Boyko, Paul Middleton, Sidney Lo, Suraj Sasikumar, Upul Premawardhana, Zaidon Al-Falahi
Anthony Chang
Anthony Chang
Chair, ABAIM
After his cardiology training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with his research interest in mathematics and chaos theory in biomedicine, Dr. Anthony Chang was an attending cardiologist in the cardiovascular intensive care unit of Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Throughout his career as a pediatric cardiac intensive care physician, he has been interested in applications of biomedical data to decision-making. He completed his Masters of Science (MS) in Data Science with a sub-specialization in artificial intelligence from Stanford School of Medicine. He is also a computer scientist-in-residence at Chapman University. He is currently the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is the founder and medical director of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) that is supported by the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. The institute, founded in 2015, is dedicated to the introduction and implementation of artificial intelligence in medicine and was the first institute of its kind in a hospital. He intends to build a clinician-computer scientist interface with a nascent society (the Medical Intelligence Society) and is the editor-in-chief of Intelligence-based Medicine, the accompanying journal for his book, Intelligence-Based Medicine: Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition in Clinical Medicine and Healthcare. He is the organizing chair for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMed) meetings around the world, the largest and most comprehensive clinician-led meetings that focus on applications of artificial intelligence in medicine and the dean of the nascent American Board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (ABAIM).
Enrico Coiera
Enrico Coiera
Professor of Medical Informatics and Director, Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University
Enrico has worked at the intersection of information technology and healthcare for over three decades. In 2015 he was award the International Medical Informatics Association's Francois Gremy Award for Excellence - the highest international honour in the field. Medically trained at Sydney University, he obtained a Computer Science PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of New South Wales in 1990. His experience straddles industrial R&D, medical practice and academia. He was responsible for multiple patents and technology innovations whilst working at Hewlett Packard's research laboratories. He founded the Centre for Health Informatics in 1999 at UNSW, and now based at Macquarie University it is Australia's largest and longest running biomedical and health informatics academic research group. His academic work has seen multiple technologies developed and commercialised, including consumer e-health systems and clinical decision support technologies. The Centre has so far launched two start-ups, both of which have developing customer bases. In 2003 he founded the Australasian College of Health Informatics, was its first President, and in 2017 initiated its Fellowship by Training Program. Enrico is a prolific author. With over 200 journal papers in research journals, he is also the author of a major international textbook - the Guide to Health Informatics - now in its 3rd Edition.
Flora Wan
Flora Wan
Neuroinformatics Lead & Research Coordinator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Dual technical and project coordinator role leading a multi-site research project focused on collecting and analyzing data on children with cerebral palsy at paediatric rehabilitation hospitals across Ontario. Passionate about the possibilities in applying data science, AI and machine learning to develop healthcare solutions that can improve the quality of life for children with disabilities.
Hao Tran
Hao Tran
Liverpool Cardiology Department
Jim Basilakis
Jim Basilakis
Senior Lecturer Health Informatics, University of Western Sydney
- Currently registered Medical Practitioner with deep knowledge in hospital-based clinical management and issues of workflow and clinical safety while being employed as a medical doctor in internal medicine (medical registrar for 3 years F/T, intern/RMO 2 years F/T) and emergency care (CMO P/T for 10 years). - Worked previously in a telehealth company as a medical director/software developer where a major role was in Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system development. - Wide-ranging expertise in healthcare software and medical devices development. Contributed extensively to the design and implementation of clinical information systems, medication management and CDS applications applied in general practice, home-based, community and residential care. - Over 50 authored and co-authored publications related to analysis/decision support of clinical data in various environments. - Good knowledge of mathematics, statistics, data mining/analytics, machine learning, AI/decision support in healthcare. - Good experience in enterprise architecture specification and design, implementing scalable solutions that integrate with distributed e-Health systems and cloud environments. - Extensive health informatics knowledge, including health record, interoperability standards and clinical terminology usage. Substantial consultation provided for health informatics system integration and advice on the applicability of the environments in which systems are being used. Previous Australian Standards participation in CDS and Telehealth. - Knowledgeable on issues relating to applied healthcare cybersecurity and cryptography. A recently completed PhD in computing looks at enabling CDS algorithms while the data is entirely encrypted using privacy enhancing technologies. The title is 'Cloud-based homomorphic encryption for privacy-preserving machine learning in clinical decision support.' - Monitored clinical risk internally for medical software and devices using formal risk assessment procedures such as FMEA techniques; as well as ongoing incident reporting and advice on risk as issues arise. Trained in Good Manufacturing Practice and ISO 13485 quality management procedures. Achieved TGA accreditation and CE marking through team development of regulatory processes and standard operating procedures.
Nicholas Moore
Nicholas Moore
ED/ICU Doctor at NSW Health
Nicholas Moore is a senior staff specialist in emergency medicine, a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Orest Boyko
Orest Boyko
Co-Chair, ABAIM
Orest B. Boyko MD PhD is an American Board of Radiology board certified radiologist with an additional ABR certificate of added qualifications in Neuroradiology. Dr Boyko has been an Associate Professor since 2007 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and currently is part of the USC Bridge Institute housed in the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on the main campus of USC. As a radiologist, Dr Boyko as been working in the AI research community as a physician consultant since December 2013 in multi-modal mining in healthcare in the research lab of Dr Tanveer Sayeda-Mahmood in the IBM Almaden Research Center 650 Harry Road, San Jose, CA 95120 which has developed natural language processing applications to the electronic health record to assist in clinical decision support. Dr Boyko has also been since its inception involved the currently concluding IBM Healthcare Initiative in Radiology called the IBM Medical Sieve Radiology Grand Challenge in initial cutting edge research development of a radiology and cardiology cognitive assistant. Recently, Dr Boyko accepted an invitation to chair the newly created Guerbet Digital Solutions AI Advisory Board and Guerbet initiate to create an AI community in conjunction with Applied Radiology. Dr Boyko is active in advancing learning initiatives for the field of AI and machine learning. Dr Boyko has co-authored over 100 papers and book chapters in the field of radiology, neuroradiology and MRI.
Suraj Sasikumar
Suraj Sasikumar
Research Scientist, Hessian AI Labs
Researcher in Deep Reinforcement Learning and Generative Modelling. Consulting researcher for leveraging AI in the healthcare sector.
Zaidon Al-Falahi
Zaidon Al-Falahi
Cardiologist, South Western Sydney LHD
Annemarie Hennessy
Annemarie Hennessy
Dean of the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University
Distinguished Professor Annemarie Hennessy, AM, is the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Foundation Chair of Medicine at the Western Sydney University. She is the group leader of the Vascular Immunology Group at the Heart Research Institute (HRI). She was the Director of the Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Women and Babies (RPAWB) from 1998 until October 2006 and continues in an honorary capacity within the unit. She is active physician caring for women with preeclampsia, hypertension, and vascular and kidney diseases. Professor Hennessy is also the Managing Director of PEARLS, a non-profit organisation established under the auspices of the Heart Research Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital to raise funds to support ongoing research into the cause of preeclampsia in pregnancy.
George Margelis
George Margelis
Independent Chair, Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council
Dr. Margelis is a medical practitioner with 30 years’ experience. Dr. Margelis was Chief Information Officer of Macquarie Health Corporation where he led a team producing online health applications. He has worked at Intel and the Intel-GE Innovation spin-off and was also senior adviser to HIMSS, the international peak body for health technology. Dr. Margelis is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) and a member of Ignition Labs.
Lucy Morgan
Lucy Morgan
Associate Professor, University of Sydney
A/Prof Lucy Morgan has dedicated her career to improving the lives of Australians impacted by lung disease. Since receiving a Lung Foundation Australia research grant in 1999, the passionate clinician has been working from lab to bedside, giving hope to those who need it most. Receiving one of the first Lung Foundation Australia Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Fellowships was an opportunity A/Prof Morgan considers sentinel in the path of her career. With the funding support, A/Prof Morgan completed her PhD in mucociliary clearance, developing a new way of measuring clearance for patients impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Through this project, she created a software model for measuring the lungs’ capacity to clear themselves. “When I applied for the Fellowship I was very young and very green. It was the financial support that allowed me to put a lot of focus into the research project and to work a little bit as a respiratory physician. These grants offer amazing opportunities for early career advancement, particularly in this era where NHMRC scholarships are unbelievably difficult to get. It’s a wonderful early first steppingstone into the grant process, publication process and an early step on the ladder in a career of clinical research in respiratory medicine.” A/Prof Morgan says medical research is all about puzzle solving on a shoestring – the teasing out of questions and the sorting out of the unsortable. “I think research is about clarifying the minutia, about having time to really concentrate on a tiny little piece of the puzzle that can make the whole picture suddenly come into focus. The greatest joy in medical research is finding a piece of the puzzle that helps to improve the lives of our patients.” “Every year, we see the hard work of researchers from the recent past come to fruition in the clinic room and bedside. It gives us hope that similar breakthrough therapies might be just around the corner for all our patients.” For 30 years, Lung Foundation Australia has been partnering with organisations and individuals from our community to provide seed funds to support young researchers like A/Prof Morgan undertaking cutting-edge research projects. “Many of our research projects have been funded by incredibly generous donations from individuals and groups that have been directly affected by lung disease. This gives these individuals an extraordinary opportunity to feel, justifiably, that they have supported ground-breaking research that really has the opportunity to change the lives of Australians with lung disease.” A/Prof Morgan says contributing funds to lung disease and lung cancer research “is not a drop in the ocean… it’s the whole pool.”
Paul Middleton
Paul Middleton
Director, South Western Emergency Research Institute (SWERI)
Clinical Associate Professor Paul Middleton is a specialist in emergency and prehospital medicine, and has worked in critical care retrieval in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and ground ambulances. He is the Director of the South Western Emergency Research Institute at Liverpool Hospital, Chief Medical Information Officer at SWSLHD, and the Chair of Take Heart Australia, a charity designed to include all Australians in a mission to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest. He was the Founding Chair of the Emergency Department Epidemiology Network (EDEN) of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), Immediate Past Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council NSW branch, and convenor of the R@TP conferences. Paul has taught hundreds of doctors and nurses how to treat serious illness and injury in adults and children, and is Director of the Australian Institute for Clinical Education, which develops clinical educational courses for the health industry. He was the lead author of What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick (2010) published by Allen and Unwin, and is the principal of SavingLittleLives, a company founded to teach parents and other carers how to recognise sick and injured children. Paul is Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sydney; Conjoint Associate Professor in the South Western Sydney Clinical School of the University of New South Wales, and Adjunct Associate Professor with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development at Western Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and has published clinical research on non-invasive assessment of illness, pre-hospital research and clinical trials, epidemiology, health economics and critical patient transport. Former roles include Medical Director of the Ambulance Service of NSW, inaugural Director of the Ambulance Research Institute, Chief Medical Officer to St John Ambulance, Australia, and Chair / Principal Investigator of the Distributed Research in Emergency and Acute Medicine (DREAM) Collaboration.
Sidney Lo
Sidney Lo
South Western Sydney LHD
Upul Premawardhana
Upul Premawardhana
Director, Department of Cardiology, Campbelltown Hospital
Dr Premawardhana is the Director of Cardiology at Campbelltown Hospital. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in Cardiology and Electrophysiologist at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals. He is a conjoint lecturer at UWS. Dr Premawardhana has interests in Atrial Fibrillation Flutter, Supraventricular Tachycardia and Ventricular Arrhythmia.
Johan Verjans
Johan Verjans
Deputy Director, Medical Machine Learning at Australian Institute for Machine Learning
Johan Verjans is an imaging cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and SAHMRI, senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and is an Associate investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics. He is a physician-scientist combining cutting-edge research and patient care as a Cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. During his research career (PhD Maastricht University, University of California; Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School), he has predominantly focused on translational pre-clinical and clinical imaging biomarkers using advanced invasive and non-invasive molecular imaging strategies to detect, track and predict disease at an early stage. His recent research has focused on imaging biomarkers from large datasets using supervised and unsupervised machine learning strategies. As platform Leader AI at SAHMRI and Deputy Director of Medical Machine Learning at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, his main role is to conduct and connect world-class machine learning capabilities to the Biomedical Precinct in Adelaide. He is Associate editor of the Netherlands Heart Journal and edited an issue on Machine Learning in Cardiology. He authored recently the Cardiology chapter for Springer Nature’s first book on Artificial intelligence in Medical Imaging. He is a member of the Publications Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He received several young investigator awards and recently was awarded the Ahrens Researcher Award by the Australian Heart Foundation. His Leadership capabilities were demonstrated throughout his career as chairman of the Dutch medical students, full board member of the Royal Dutch Medical Doctors Federation, National committee on the Future of Medical Education, and Chairman of national committee representing Dutch Early and Mid-career Cardiovascular Researchers on behalf of the Netherlands Heart Institute and Dutch Heart Foundation. He is a member of the workforce committee and Precision Healthcare Flagship of the Australian Alliance of AI in Healthcare, and also part of the Health Translation SA Health Analytics Research Collaborative (HARC) Leadership Group.
Martin Than
Martin Than
Director of Emergency Medicine Research Christchurch
Martin Than is Director of Emergency Medicine research at Christchurch in New Zealand. He has done additional postgraduate training in Evidence Based Healthcare and has a strong interest in Evidence Based Diagnosis and has tutored at The Centre for EBM in Oxford. He works mainly at the Emergency Department of Christchurch Public Hospital as an Emergency Medicine Specialist. He is one of the most published emergency medicine physicians in Australasia. Martin was the principal investigator of the 3,500 patient study ASPECT study, involving 9 countries in the Asia-Pacific region (published in The Lancet) and an RCT of a 2-hour diagnostic protocol for possible cardiac chest pain in the ED under publication in JAMA Internal Medicine. Martin was the winner of the inaugural Beaven Medal for excellence in Health Service Delivery research. He holds a Health Research Council of New Zealand fellowship for the investigation of cardiovascular disease in the Emergency Department. He is a member of an international Federation for clinical chemistry expert task-force on “Education in Cardiovascular Biomarkers.” which aims to produce educational materials for their use of high sensitivity troponins by clinicians and laboratorians in the clinical practice. Martin is a strong believer in having a close working relationship between the ED, and other healthcare providers. Martin has also received a Decoration for Bravery by the Commonwealth of Australia, The Surf Lifesaving Australia Meritorious Award for Bravery and The Royal Humane Society of Australia Bronze Medallion.

Speakers

  • Alfonso Limon
    Alfonso Limon
    Data Science Consultant

    Highly effective technical director with proven accomplishments in a variety of engineering and medical applications combining mathematics, physics, and machine learning. Primarily focused on delivering state-of-the-art solutions impacting competitive business advantage– over a decade of experience building teams, designing complex data-driven projects, leading timeline-driven research programs, building milestone consensus for investors, and pitching technical goals to venture capitalists.

  • Annemarie Hennessy
    Annemarie Hennessy
    Dean of the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

    Distinguished Professor Annemarie Hennessy, AM, is the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Foundation Chair of Medicine at the Western Sydney University. She is the group leader of the Vascular Immunology Group at the Heart Research Institute (HRI). She was the Director of the Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Women and Babies (RPAWB) from 1998 until October 2006 and continues in an honorary capacity within the unit. She is active physician caring for women with preeclampsia, hypertension, and vascular and kidney diseases.

    Professor Hennessy is also the Managing Director of PEARLS, a non-profit organisation established under the auspices of the Heart Research Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital to raise funds to support ongoing research into the cause of preeclampsia in pregnancy.

  • Anthony Chang
    Anthony Chang
    Chair, ABAIM

    After his cardiology training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with his research interest in mathematics and chaos theory in biomedicine, Dr. Anthony Chang was an attending cardiologist in the cardiovascular intensive care unit of Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Throughout his career as a pediatric cardiac intensive care physician, he has been interested in applications of biomedical data to decision-making. He completed his Masters of Science (MS) in Data Science with a sub-specialization in artificial intelligence from Stanford School of Medicine. He is also a computer scientist-in-residence at Chapman University. He is currently the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

    He is the founder and medical director of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) that is supported by the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. The institute, founded in 2015, is dedicated to the introduction and implementation of artificial intelligence in medicine and was the first institute of its kind in a hospital. He intends to build a clinician-computer scientist interface with a nascent society (the Medical Intelligence Society) and is the editor-in-chief of Intelligence-based Medicine, the accompanying journal for his book, Intelligence-Based Medicine: Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition in Clinical Medicine and Healthcare. He is the organizing chair for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMed) meetings around the world, the largest and most comprehensive clinician-led meetings that focus on applications of artificial intelligence in medicine and the dean of the nascent American Board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (ABAIM).

  • Enrico Coiera
    Enrico Coiera
    Professor of Medical Informatics and Director, Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University

    Enrico has worked at the intersection of information technology and healthcare for over three decades.

    In 2015 he was award the International Medical Informatics Association’s Francois Gremy Award for Excellence – the highest international honour in the field.

    Medically trained at Sydney University, he obtained a Computer Science PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of New South Wales in 1990. His experience straddles industrial R&D, medical practice and academia.

    He was responsible for multiple patents and technology innovations whilst working at Hewlett Packard’s research laboratories.

    He founded the Centre for Health Informatics in 1999 at UNSW, and now based at Macquarie University it is Australia’s largest and longest running biomedical and health informatics academic research group. His academic work has seen multiple technologies developed and commercialised, including consumer e-health systems and clinical decision support technologies. The Centre has so far launched two start-ups, both of which have developing customer bases.

    In 2003 he founded the Australasian College of Health Informatics, was its first President, and in 2017 initiated its Fellowship by Training Program.

    Enrico is a prolific author. With over 200 journal papers in research journals, he is also the author of a major international textbook – the Guide to Health Informatics – now in its 3rd Edition.

  • George Margelis
    George Margelis
    Independent Chair, Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council

    Dr. Margelis is a medical practitioner with 30 years’ experience. Dr. Margelis was Chief Information Officer of Macquarie Health Corporation where he led a team producing online health applications. He has worked at Intel and the Intel-GE Innovation spin-off and was also senior adviser to HIMSS, the international peak body for health technology. Dr. Margelis is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) and a member of Ignition Labs.

  • Hao Tran
    Hao Tran
    Liverpool Cardiology Department
  • Ioannis Kakadiaris
    Ioannis Kakadiaris
    Data Science Lead

    Award-Winning Inventor, Researcher, Mentor, Leader, & Expert Witness with over 23 years’ experience delivering creative, stakeholder-informed research coupled with value-driven AI, Computer Vision and Biometrics solutions. Founded and Directed a successful Research Center showcasing the ability to drive innovation and affect commercialization through careful strategic planning. Offers a broad perspective coupled with an incisive ability to discern the essence of complicated issues and develop pragmatic strategies that attain measurable results. Leader and team builder executing on the principal that bold, disruptive and impactful research originates from inspired, focused teams. Dr. Kakadiaris’ research has been covered by numerous national media outlets, including ABC News, and CBS News, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, and NBC News.

  • Jim Basilakis
    Jim Basilakis
    Senior Lecturer Health Informatics, University of Western Sydney

    – Currently registered Medical Practitioner with deep knowledge in hospital-based clinical management and issues of workflow and clinical safety while being employed as a medical doctor in internal medicine (medical registrar for 3 years F/T, intern/RMO 2 years F/T) and emergency care (CMO P/T for 10 years).
    – Worked previously in a telehealth company as a medical director/software developer where a major role was in Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system development.
    – Wide-ranging expertise in healthcare software and medical devices development. Contributed extensively to the design and implementation of clinical information systems, medication management and CDS applications applied in general practice, home-based, community and residential care.
    – Over 50 authored and co-authored publications related to analysis/decision support of clinical data in various environments.
    – Good knowledge of mathematics, statistics, data mining/analytics, machine learning, AI/decision support in healthcare.
    – Good experience in enterprise architecture specification and design, implementing scalable solutions that integrate with distributed e-Health systems and cloud environments.
    – Extensive health informatics knowledge, including health record, interoperability standards and clinical terminology usage. Substantial consultation provided for health informatics system integration and advice on the applicability of the environments in which systems are being used. Previous Australian Standards participation in CDS and Telehealth.
    – Knowledgeable on issues relating to applied healthcare cybersecurity and cryptography. A recently completed PhD in computing looks at enabling CDS algorithms while the data is entirely encrypted using privacy enhancing technologies. The title is ‘Cloud-based homomorphic encryption for privacy-preserving machine learning in clinical decision support.’
    – Monitored clinical risk internally for medical software and devices using formal risk assessment procedures such as FMEA techniques; as well as ongoing incident reporting and advice on risk as issues arise. Trained in Good Manufacturing Practice and ISO 13485 quality management procedures. Achieved TGA accreditation and CE marking through team development of regulatory processes and standard operating procedures.

  • Johan Verjans
    Johan Verjans
    Deputy Director, Medical Machine Learning at Australian Institute for Machine Learning

    Johan Verjans is an imaging cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and SAHMRI, senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and is an Associate investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics. He is a physician-scientist combining cutting-edge research and patient care as a Cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. During his research career (PhD Maastricht University, University of California; Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School), he has predominantly focused on translational pre-clinical and clinical imaging biomarkers using advanced invasive and non-invasive molecular imaging strategies to detect, track and predict disease at an early stage.

    His recent research has focused on imaging biomarkers from large datasets using supervised and unsupervised machine learning strategies. As platform Leader AI at SAHMRI and Deputy Director of Medical Machine Learning at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, his main role is to conduct and connect world-class machine learning capabilities to the Biomedical Precinct in Adelaide.

    He is Associate editor of the Netherlands Heart Journal and edited an issue on Machine Learning in Cardiology. He authored recently the Cardiology chapter for Springer Nature’s first book on Artificial intelligence in Medical Imaging. He is a member of the Publications Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He received several young investigator awards and recently was awarded the Ahrens Researcher Award by the Australian Heart Foundation.

    His Leadership capabilities were demonstrated throughout his career as chairman of the Dutch medical students, full board member of the Royal Dutch Medical Doctors Federation, National committee on the Future of Medical Education, and Chairman of national committee representing Dutch Early and Mid-career Cardiovascular Researchers on behalf of the Netherlands Heart Institute and Dutch Heart Foundation. He is a member of the workforce committee and Precision Healthcare Flagship of the Australian Alliance of AI in Healthcare, and also part of the Health Translation SA Health Analytics Research Collaborative (HARC) Leadership Group.

  • Lucy Morgan
    Lucy Morgan
    Associate Professor, University of Sydney

    A/Prof Lucy Morgan has dedicated her career to improving the lives of Australians impacted by lung disease. Since receiving a Lung Foundation Australia research grant in 1999, the passionate clinician has been working from lab to bedside, giving hope to those who need it most.

    Receiving one of the first Lung Foundation Australia Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Fellowships was an opportunity A/Prof Morgan considers sentinel in the path of her career. With the funding support, A/Prof Morgan completed her PhD in mucociliary clearance, developing a new way of measuring clearance for patients impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Through this project, she created a software model for measuring the lungs’ capacity to clear themselves.

    “When I applied for the Fellowship I was very young and very green. It was the financial support that allowed me to put a lot of focus into the research project and to work a little bit as a respiratory physician. These grants offer amazing opportunities for early career advancement, particularly in this era where NHMRC scholarships are unbelievably difficult to get. It’s a wonderful early first steppingstone into the grant process, publication process and an early step on the ladder in a career of clinical research in respiratory medicine.”

    A/Prof Morgan says medical research is all about puzzle solving on a shoestring – the teasing out of questions and the sorting out of the unsortable.

    “I think research is about clarifying the minutia, about having time to really concentrate on a tiny little piece of the puzzle that can make the whole picture suddenly come into focus. The greatest joy in medical research is finding a piece of the puzzle that helps to improve the lives of our patients.”

    “Every year, we see the hard work of researchers from the recent past come to fruition in the clinic room and bedside. It gives us hope that similar breakthrough therapies might be just around the corner for all our patients.”

    For 30 years, Lung Foundation Australia has been partnering with organisations and individuals from our community to provide seed funds to support young researchers like A/Prof Morgan undertaking cutting-edge research projects.

    “Many of our research projects have been funded by incredibly generous donations from individuals and groups that have been directly affected by lung disease. This gives these individuals an extraordinary opportunity to feel, justifiably, that they have supported ground-breaking research that really has the opportunity to change the lives of Australians with lung disease.”

    A/Prof Morgan says contributing funds to lung disease and lung cancer research “is not a drop in the ocean… it’s the whole pool.”

  • Martin Than
    Martin Than
    Director of Emergency Medicine Research Christchurch

    Martin Than is Director of Emergency Medicine research at Christchurch in New Zealand. He has done additional postgraduate training in Evidence Based Healthcare and has a strong interest in Evidence Based Diagnosis and has tutored at The Centre for EBM in Oxford. He works mainly at the Emergency Department of Christchurch Public Hospital as an Emergency Medicine Specialist. He is one of the most published emergency medicine physicians in Australasia.

    Martin was the principal investigator of the 3,500 patient study ASPECT study, involving 9 countries in the Asia-Pacific region (published in The Lancet) and an RCT of a 2-hour diagnostic protocol for possible cardiac chest pain in the ED under publication in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    Martin was the winner of the inaugural Beaven Medal for excellence in Health Service Delivery research. He holds a Health Research Council of New Zealand fellowship for the investigation of cardiovascular disease in the Emergency Department. He is a member of an international Federation for clinical chemistry expert task-force on “Education in Cardiovascular Biomarkers.” which aims to produce educational materials for their use of high sensitivity troponins by clinicians and laboratorians in the clinical practice. Martin is a strong believer in having a close working relationship between the ED, and other healthcare providers. Martin has also received a Decoration for Bravery by the Commonwealth of Australia, The Surf Lifesaving Australia Meritorious Award for Bravery and The Royal Humane Society of Australia Bronze Medallion.

  • May D. Wang
    May D. Wang
    Secretary, ABAIM

    Dr. May Dongmei Wang is a full professor in the Departments of Biomedical Eng. and Electrical and Computer Eng. at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She is the Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, a Kavli Fellow, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, a Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Fellow, a Petit Institute Faculty Fellow, an AIMBE Fellow, and an IAMBE Fellow. She was 2018-2020 Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Faculty Fellow. She earned BEng from Tsinghua University China, and MS/PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Wang works in Biomedical Big Data Analytics and AI, with a focus on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for predictive, personalized, and precision health (pHealth). In FDA-organized MAQC international consortium, she led next gen sequencing RNA-Seq analytics. Dr. Wang published 250+ referred journal and conference proceeding articles with 12,000+ google scholar citations. She delivered over 240 invited and keynote lectures. She currently serves in RADx working group for COVID19.

    Dr. Wang is a recipient of Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate, and Emory MilliPub Award for a high-impact paper cited over 1,000 times. She was 2015-2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Lecture, and was an Emerging Area Editor for PNAS.

    Dr. Wang serves as Senior Editor for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and IEEE Reviews of Biomedical Engineering. She is a standing panelist for NIH BCHI, and provides reviews for NSF and multiple countries. She has helped organize ACM Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics Conf., and IEEE International Conf. on Biomedical and Health Informatics since 2012, and 2016-8 Gordon Research Conf. on Advanced Health Informatics, and co-chaired 2016 IEEE EMBS Annual Conf. with 2,600+. She served in IEEE Big Data Initiative (BDI) Steering Committee, and was Vice President of IEEE EMBS, and AIMBE Nomination Committee Chair 2017-2019.

    Dr. Wang was Georgia Tech Biomedical Informatics Program Co-Director in Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry. Her research has been supported by NIH, NSF, CDC, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Cancer Coalition, Shriners’ Hospitals for Children, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Enduring Heart Foundation, Coulter Foundation, Microsoft, HP, UCB, and Amazon.

  • Nicholas Moore
    Nicholas Moore
    ED/ICU Doctor at NSW Health

    Nicholas Moore is a senior staff specialist in emergency medicine, a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

  • Orest Boyko
    Orest Boyko
    Co-Chair, ABAIM

    Orest B. Boyko MD PhD is an American Board of Radiology board certified radiologist with an additional ABR certificate of added qualifications in Neuroradiology.

    Dr Boyko has been an Associate Professor since 2007 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and currently is part of the USC Bridge Institute housed in the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on the main campus of USC.

    As a radiologist, Dr Boyko as been working in the AI research community as a physician consultant since December 2013 in multi-modal mining in healthcare in the research lab of Dr Tanveer Sayeda-Mahmood in the IBM Almaden Research Center 650 Harry Road, San Jose, CA 95120 which has developed natural language processing applications to the electronic health record to assist in clinical decision support. Dr Boyko has also been since its inception involved the currently concluding IBM Healthcare Initiative in Radiology called the IBM Medical Sieve Radiology Grand Challenge in initial cutting edge research development of a radiology and cardiology cognitive assistant.

    Recently, Dr Boyko accepted an invitation to chair the newly created Guerbet Digital Solutions AI Advisory Board and Guerbet initiate to create an AI community in conjunction with Applied Radiology.

    Dr Boyko is active in advancing learning initiatives for the field of AI and machine learning.

    Dr Boyko has co-authored over 100 papers and book chapters in the field of radiology, neuroradiology and MRI.

  • Paul Middleton
    Paul Middleton
    Director, South Western Emergency Research Institute (SWERI)

    Clinical Associate Professor Paul Middleton is a specialist in emergency and prehospital medicine, and has worked in critical care retrieval in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and ground ambulances.

    He is the Director of the South Western Emergency Research Institute at Liverpool Hospital, Chief Medical Information Officer at SWSLHD, and the Chair of Take Heart Australia, a charity designed to include all Australians in a mission to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest. He was the Founding Chair of the Emergency Department Epidemiology Network (EDEN) of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), Immediate Past Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council NSW branch, and convenor of the R@TP conferences.

    Paul has taught hundreds of doctors and nurses how to treat serious illness and injury in adults and children, and is Director of the Australian Institute for Clinical Education, which develops clinical educational courses for the health industry. He was the lead author of What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick (2010) published by Allen and Unwin, and is the principal of SavingLittleLives, a company founded to teach parents and other carers how to recognise sick and injured children.

    Paul is Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sydney; Conjoint Associate Professor in the South Western Sydney Clinical School of the University of New South Wales, and Adjunct Associate Professor with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development at Western Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and has published clinical research on non-invasive assessment of illness, pre-hospital research and clinical trials, epidemiology, health economics and critical patient transport.

    Former roles include Medical Director of the Ambulance Service of NSW, inaugural Director of the Ambulance Research Institute, Chief Medical Officer to St John Ambulance, Australia, and Chair / Principal Investigator of the Distributed Research in Emergency and Acute Medicine (DREAM) Collaboration.

  • Robert Hoyt
    Robert Hoyt
    Clinical Lead

    Robert Hoyt MD received his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and his medical education at Virginia Commonwealth University. While still on active duty in the US Navy he became involved with multiple implementations of health information technology. As a result of this experience and additional education at Stanford University, he created a Medical (Health) Informatics program at the University of West Florida in 2004. He noted early on that there were no current and practical textbooks on the subject, so he launched Health Informatics: Practical Guide in 2007. The seventh edition was published in 2018 and he just released his latest textbook Introduction to Biomedical Data Science in late 2019.

    Dr. Hoyt has also been involved with clinical and informatics research over the past decade and he has published and lectured extensively in these areas. He is a reviewer for multiple medical and informatics journals He became board certified in Clinical Informatics in 2015 and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association in 2019.

    He is also involved in multiple community-oriented projects. He and his wife are a Big Couple for a local teenager, and both are Take Stock in Children mentors in the public-school system. They have supported two college scholarships annually for many years. Bob is the President of the Robert E Mitchell Foundation that supports Vietnam era prisoner of war research in Pensacola.

  • Sidney Lo
    Sidney Lo
    South Western Sydney LHD
  • Sonia Gupta
    Sonia Gupta
    Treasurer, ABAIM

    Physician leader with expertise in healthcare Artificial Intelligence, diagnostic radiology (MRI/US/CT/X-ray), image guided procedures, digital health, regulatory requirements and FDA/CE approval, go-to-market strategies for Artificial Intelligence R&D, clinical validation, strategic planning, operations management, and M&A due diligence.

    Speaker and educator with former faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and Temple University Hospital.

  • Suraj Sasikumar
    Suraj Sasikumar
    Research Scientist, Hessian AI Labs

    Researcher in Deep Reinforcement Learning and Generative Modelling. Consulting researcher for leveraging AI in the healthcare sector.

  • Upul Premawardhana
    Upul Premawardhana
    Director, Department of Cardiology, Campbelltown Hospital

    Dr Premawardhana is the Director of Cardiology at Campbelltown Hospital. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in Cardiology and Electrophysiologist at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals. He is a conjoint lecturer at UWS. Dr Premawardhana has interests in Atrial Fibrillation Flutter, Supraventricular Tachycardia and Ventricular Arrhythmia.

  • Zaidon Al-Falahi
    Zaidon Al-Falahi
    Cardiologist, South Western Sydney LHD