1st Annual Symposium on Big Data and Precision Health

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 8:30am to 7:00pm

Woo Center

Great Hall, Trent Semans Center


Symposium hosted by the Woo Center for Big Data and Precision Health, directed by MEDx affiliated faculty member Xiling Shen. MEDx director Geoff Ginsburg will be featured as well as MEDx Investigator Jessilyn Dunn and affiliated faculty members Charlie Gersbach, Purushothama Tata, and Ravi Bellamkonda.

Keynote Speaker: Hans Clevers, M.D., Ph.D., UMC Utrecht abd Utrecht University

General Session Speaker: Calvin Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Registered attendees receive: Admission to the conference, conference materials, boxed lunch, poster session/cocktail reception

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8:30 A.M. - Registration opens

9:00 A.M. - Opening remarks

Xiling Shen, PhD | Director, Woo Center for Big Data and Precision Health (DAP), Duke University

Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD | Dean, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

9:20 A.M. - Keynote Address

Hans Clevers, MD, PhD | University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University, The Netherlands

10:10 A.M. - Session 1: Precision Medicine in Translation

Chair: Xiaofan Wang, PhD | Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Professor of Cancer Research, School of Medicine, Duke University

Steven Lipkin, MD, PhD | Vice Chair of Research, Director of Cancer Genetics Clinic, Weill Cornell Medicine

20 minutes each:
Ashutosh Chilkoti, PhD | Alan L. Kaganov Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
Purushothama Tata, PhD | Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Duke University
Jatin Roper, MD | Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke University
Neil Surana, MD, PhD | Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University


Jonah Cool, PhD | Science Program Officer, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

1:05 P.M. - Plenary Lecture

Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD | Vice Chair of Research, Lead of Cancer Biology Program, Stanford University

1:45 P.M. - Session 2: Genomic Engineering and Regeneration

Chair: Geoffrey Ginsberg, MD, PhD, | Director, Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, MEDx, Duke University

Jenny Chang, MD | Director, Houston Methodist Cancer Center 

20 minutes each:
Ken Poss, PhD, | Director of Regeneration Next Initiative, Duke University
Charlie Gersbach, PhD | Director, Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies, Duke University
Yarui Diao, PhD | Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Duke
Luis Saraiva, PhD| Director, Metabolism and Diabetes Program, Sidra Medicine


4:00 P.M. - Session 3: AI and Health Data

Chair: Michael Pencina, PhD | Vice Dean for Data Science and Information Technology, School of Medicine, Duke University

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD |  Chief Data Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services

20 minutes each:
Lawrence Carin, PhD | Vice Provost for Research, Duke University
Jessilyn Dunn, PhD | Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

DAP Project Overviews (10 minutes each):

AI Imaging: 
Kyle Lafata, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiation Oncology, Duke
Ouwen Huang | Graduate Fellow, Duke

Health Data: 
Michael Gao | Data Scientist, Duke Institute for Health Innovation

Precision Medicine: 
David Hsu, MD, PhD | Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke
Zhaohui Wang PhD |  Executive Director, DAP 

5:45 P.M. - Closing remarks

DAP Director

6:00-7:00 P.M. - Poster Session & Reception

Posters are exhibited in the Trent Semans Center, Great Hall Atrium
DAP Symposium Cocktail Reception in the Trent Semans Center, Great Hall Atrium 


(Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served)