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Health Informatics


This event is brought to you by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences 

Date: October 21, 2021 at 2:15 p.m. PT / 4:15 p.m. CT / 5:15 p.m. ET

Although the quantity and specificity of data concerning health and human services is increasing at an astounding rate, our human processing capacity has remained constant. For example, if you were new to the field of breast cancer, it would take you more than 25 years (@10min/abstract 8hrs/day) to read the 445K abstracts currently in MEDLINE and then you could start on materials that were published while you were reading. Constraining the scope or study design rarely resolves the issue of information overload. My research focuses on developing new natural language processing tools that will enable us to shift from a paradigm of information retrieval to information synthesis. This will help the health care industry better leverage information from the scientific literature, and contribute to future learning health care systems.

Registration is limited, so sign up today!

Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/89332964553?pwd=QkFhSGR2Y3hGdDhPaCtJV1RNR0NvQT09  

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Meet the Speaker



Catherine Blake,
Professor, MS/IM Program Director, and Associate Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship,

iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Catherine Blake is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with affiliate appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Medical Information Science. At the iSchool, she serves as associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and is an active member of the Socio-technical Data Analytics group. Her primary research goal is to accelerate scientific discovery by synthesizing evidence from text. Her techniques embrace both automated and human approaches that are required to resolve contradictions and redundancies that are inevitable in an information-intensive world. Blake earned master’s and doctoral degrees in information and computer science at the University of California, Irvine and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science at the University of Wollongong. 


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