2010 AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics

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The submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 12, 2009.

Invitation to Submit from the Scientific Program Committee Chair Peter J. Embi, MD, MS

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is pleased to invite the submission of papers, posters, and panels for the 1st annual AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI Summit). The CRI Summit will be held on March 12-13, 2010, at the Parc 55 Hotel San Francisco, California. There has been rapid and substantial growth of the field of Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) in recent years.

This growth and need for CRI has been fueled by the rapid pace of biomedical advances and the resultant need to more efficiently and effectively conduct clinical research and translate research findings into practice to improve the health of our communities. The need for effective information management is critical to the addressing the many challenges facing clinical research, and there has been a corresponding and rapid evolution of the biomedical informatics methods and tools specifically designed to address clinical research information management requirements. This has led to the emergence of CRI as a major field of study and practice, one that is recognized as critical by the governmental, academic, and private sectors that each have an interest in advancing medical science and health care.

As the professional home for biomedical informatics professionals, AMIA is committed to providing a venue for CRI professionals to interact, discuss critical issues facing the field, and share state-of-the-art discoveries and approaches to drive the field forward. We believe that the CRI community will benefit from a meeting devoted to issues of relevance to this new domain, and this has led to our decision to launch the first annual CRI Summit in 2010.

The CRI Summit will be a venue for CRI scientists and professionals to share their work, develop new collaborations, and identify potential avenues of research and development that will ultimately advance discovery-driven healthcare. Given the overlap of CRI with Translational Bioinformatics at the translation of basic science into clinical research, and given the fact that many working in the translational science space have an interest in both domains, AMIA has also decided to co-locate these meetings.

As a result, CRI summit will immediately follow the AMIA Translational Bioinformatics Summit, providing a unique opportunity to bring together the finest minds in clinical research informatics from the academia, industry, government and non-profit sectors along with those with an interest in the full translational science spectrum. By adjoining these meetings, we hope to synergize work at their intersecting areas of focus, thereby brining added value to both the CRI and bioinformatics communities and accelerating benefits to the larger healthcare community.

As AMIA’s main venue for exchange of ideas, issues, and science in clinical and translational research informatics, we strongly encourage active participation in this new Summit from biomedical informatics professionals, clinicians, clinical investigators, information and communication technologists, computer scientists, community and public health scientists, developers, and anyone else working to advance clinical research, translational research, and drive discovery-directed healthcare to take advantage of this opportunity by actively participating. The categories of submission and keywords in this Call further describe the range of submissions that are particularly encouraged for submission to the Summit.

The Scientific Program Committee will work to design a comprehensive scientific program with lectures, presentations, posters, and panels that will feature the state of the art at the intersection of clinical/translational research and biomedical informatics. We expect this first annual 2010 AMIA CRI Summit will be a meeting not to be missed and will help our community catalyze discoveries and innovations in biomedical research and healthcare.

We could not be more excited about this opportunity and hope to see you in San Francisco in March of 2010!

More information about the AMIA Summits on Translational Science

The AMIA Summits on Translational Science are a set of joint conferences held in the same venue with each focused exclusively on translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics. The AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (TBI Summit) and AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI Summit) will immediately follow one another, providing a unique opportunity to bring together the finest minds in bioinformatics and clinical research informatics from the academia, industry, government and non-profit sectors along with those with an interest in the full translational science spectrum. By adjoining these meetings, we hope to synergize work at their intersecting areas building on the strategy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to stimulate advanced translational research (T1 & T2), thereby bringing added value to both the clinical research informatics and bioinformatics communities and accelerating benefits to the larger healthcare community.