Call for papers for PSB 2018 Workshop


Submission deadline: August 1, 2017


Following last year’s workshop on “Open Data for Discovery Science”, as well as the inaugural Research Parasite Award ceremony ( at PSB, a session is planned to address best practices, lessons learned, and the need for both technical and policy innovation for sharing of health data for translational research.

At this time, paper submissions are welcomed for this session that address the following areas:

  • The creation, verification and validation of tools and methods for sharing, discovery, and analysis of open health data.
  • The conduct of discovery science in data-intensive experimental contexts that leverage such open health data resources across scales from molecules to patient to populations
  • The interaction of multidisciplinary computational, biology, clinical, and population health science teams to conduct research that serves to identify policy, technical, and socio-cultural needs.

For more information, see the Stanford University website

Meeting date and location: January 3-7, 2018 – The Big Island of Hawaii


DeCart Data Science for the Health Science Summer Program, University of Utah

DeCart Data Science is a new  Health Science summer school program at the University of Utah beginning June 28, 2017 .

The program is a series of two and a half day courses including, rule-based NLP, machine learning NLP, data visualization, bioinformatics with Galaxy and predictive analytics. This will be a hands-on program using iPython notebooks.

For more information see, DeCART Data Science for the Health Science Summer Program, University of Utah

Webinar: Health Informatics Tools for Usability Study Research on July 22 @ 12:00pm

Lunchtime Webinar on

Preparing Health Informatics Tools for Usability Study Research

July, 22, 2016



The ASIST (American Society for Information Science and Technology)’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Health (HLTH) is sponsoring a webinar on July 22, 2016 at noon ET on “Preparing Health Informatics Tools for Usability Study Research.”

Information Science (IS) has an effective user-orientation and technology research background which makes working with usability or human factors seem natural. In fact, human-computer interactions have been studied by IS for years. Questions arise about whether the user experience is effective. What are some of the issues users experience? Are search results useful? Cognitive psychology and ergonomics give us methods to use in researching usability.

Dr. Deborah Swain, Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), School of Library and Information Sciences


Dr. Deborah Swain, Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), School of Library and Information Sciences, will discuss information on usability studies in health informatics from 2014-2016 which focused on research in diabetes, heart disease, and migraine headaches. Findings are being collected for improving the designs of decision support and expert system prototypes. Student, consultant and faculty projects can use open source or educational software to build similar tools for health assessment without diagnosing–which is not our role. User responses have been informative in pilot projects. Building the back-end data analytics will be subject-based and may improve the distribution of health information.

The webinar will describe research with graduate students and early proposals for front-end tools to improve decision making when searching for health information. There is a need for focus and decision support in searching large medical and health care databases, PUB MED, the web, and big data stores or warehouses. Why not a front end to search tools that help the user determine healthcare areas of personal interest to search? If we provide a front-end tool, is it usable and well designed for the user experience?



Click here for information on GoToMeeting links and Registration

Free to ASIS&T members; $15 for non-members


HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable


The HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable is a two-day event which will be hosted at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA on July 27-28. There will be presentations and demonstrations about FHIR-based solutions that are currently in development or already being deployed. The aim for this meeting is to educate the healthcare industry about FHIR solutions that are or will be available in the future.

Meeting Details

Translational Biomedical Informatics Call for Proposals

Key Dates:

  • Two page (maximum) letter of Intent: May 26,  2016
  • Applicants invited for Full Submission: June 9, 2016
  • Full 5-page Application Submission Deadline: July 21, 2016
  • Short List of Finalists five Oral Presentations: August 18, 2016
  • Final Notification of Selection: August 19, 2016
  • Funding Period: September 1, 2016- August 31, 2017


The Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and the Duke  Health Technology Solutions (DHTS) will provide pilot awards of up to $50,000 for projects that will promote innovation and collaboration in Duke Biomedical Informatics. The goal of this program is to support collaboration in Duke Biomedical Informatics. The goal of this program is to support collaborative research that advances the field and strengthens the community of biomedical informatics at Duke. Collaborative proposals are encouraged but not required. Examples of desirable outcomes include novel methods for integrative analysis of heterogeneous biomedical data or applications using medical record data and have the potential to enhance the user interface, provide additional functionality, or improve data collection or analysis. Applications must have a high likelihood of follow-on funding  (e.g. grants, SBIR, angel investment, commercial partnerships). Potential funding sources should be identified.


  • Only permanent, full-time, Duke faculty if staff may apply. No more than one proposal may be submitted per applicant.
  • Faculty members may not serve as PI on more than one concurrently funded Duke CTSA pilot award, with the exception of the Core Facility Voucher and NIH Supplemented Award Programs.


At least of key personnel must be a Duke School of Medicine employee. Senior faculty engagement is encouraged  but not required. The research must relate directly to applications in health care, and the project should be focused on objectives to advance to the field of biomedical Informatics. Evaluation of each proposal will be on the basis of scientific merit, potential health cure impact and significance, experience of investigators, potential for successful obtaining further support, the contribution of community building. Recipients must commit to attending the Division of Translational Biomedical Informatics monthly meeting, aimed at expanding academic informatics at Duke.

LOI and Applicaton Procedure

Use and MyResearchProposal online application software to sumbut the LOIs. To apply

  • Visit http://bit/ly/myresearchproposal,  click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account). Proposals must be submitted under the Principal Investigator’s name.
  • step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the  MyResearchProposal software is available.
  • Enter access code “SOM” and select the “Translational Biomedical Informatics 2016” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.

LOI Submission

Applicants will enter general project information via the web-based form.

  1. Project Title, Brief Description, and Amount of Funding Requested
  2. Co-Investigators: Name, rank, department, and area od expertise
  3. Upload the LOI as a PDF file.

Full Application Submission

Applicants invited to submit full applications will be asked to answer general questions regarding the project via the web-based form (e.g. clinical need,  IRB, ongoing sources of funding, intellectual property, relevant citations).

Proposal sections (except the Abstract) will be uploaded as individual PDF files. The application sections are:

  1. Scientific Abstract: The abstract summary of the proposal for use by review committee members (250-word maximum).
  2.  Research Proposal (5-page limit, including takes and figures. Use 1-inch margins, space line spacing, and font not smaller than Arial 11.  References do not count towards the 5-page limit.) Full proposal should address the following:
    1. Overall objective
    2. Approach
    3. Strategy and plan for obtaining follow0-on funding
  3. NIH Biosketches for key members of the research team as (As single PDF) PLEASE NOTE the new NIB Biosketch format as of May 2015
  4. DRAFT Budget with Budget justification using PHD 398 From Pages 4 & 5 (combined info a single PDF with no page limit). Initial submissions are appropriate and do not need institutional approval.


Letters of intent are to uploaded to MyResearchProposal by May 26, 2016. An Oversight Committee will review letters of intent and by June 9, 2016 will invite a limited number of full applications. Full 5-page applications will be due on July 21, 2016 will invite a limited number of full applications. For 5-page applications will be due on July 19, 2016. Selection of finalists for oral presentations will occur in August 2016. Oral presentations will be scheduled for late August, 2016 and awardees will be notified shortly thereafter. Grant award begins September 2016.


Each award will consist of up to $50,000 (direct costs only) with an expected start date of September 1, 2016 and ending on August 31, 2017. Requests for no-cist extensions (carryovers) will not be approved.

Review Criteria

The review Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing and soring applications”

  • Significance- The novelty, uniqueness and impact of the opportunity presented by the proposal
  • New direction for the investigators- Pilot funding would provide an opportunity to pursue an otherwise unfunded project. The proposed project must not be a continuation or expansion of one that is underway.
  • Potential to advance the field of Biomedical Infomatics
  • Feasibility- Project scope of work is appropriate for the timreframe and level of funding.
  • Collaboration- Collaboration of investigators provides complementary skills and expertise (if applicable).

Questions should be directed to:



IT Specialist (INFOSEC) permanent position available at ONC/OCPO

A permanent position in ONC/OCPO is available. They are looking for candidates with privacy and security expertise in a health care setting or policy setting to help support privacy and security education for Health IT stakeholders. Candidates must have security and health experience to qualify.

Determination of eligibility will be based on the qualifications section of this job posting. If you are a student who is interested in applying for this position, make sure your resume reflects the “Qualifications” section in the job posting.

If you have part time experience on your resume, make sure to add a “total hours worked per year” calculation to enable the screener to determine years of experience.

Job Details:

Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Opening Date: March 29, 2016

Closing Date: March 31, 2016 or the first 100 applicants