Science Advisory Board

(in alphabetical order)

Erich Gombocz (Chair)

VP, CSO, IO Informatics.

see Management Team

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Bruce McManus, MD, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS

Professor, UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. and Director of the James Hogg Research Centre, the Heart + Lung Institute, and the NCE CECR Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre).

Dr. McManus served as the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and has an active clinical investigative program focused on enteroviral heart disease, transplant vascular disease, and novel blood biomarkers of heart, lung, and kidney failure and transplantation. He works in a cross-disciplinary setting focused on translational research questions enabled by computational sciences and including biomarker discovery and validation. Dr. McManus has co-authored over 350 full length publications, has been recognized by numerous awards, serves on many editorial boards and advisory committees, is committed to training and mentoring trainees, and has convened many public and private sector partnerships in research.

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Charles N. Mead, MD, MS (Computer Science)

Director of Healthcare IT, Octo Consulting Group and CoChair, W3C Healthcare Life Sciences (HCLS) Working Group

Dr. Charlie Mead has over 35 years of experience in various aspects of healthcare informatics including standards development, a venture-funded point-of-care system in home healthcare, large-scale enterprise service-oriented architecture development, and a 3-year role as Director of the Graduate Program in Nursing Informatics at University of California, San Francisco. He began his work in computable semantics while still in medical school, leading the ambulatory electrocardiogram algorithm development and pattern recognition efforts at Washington University in St. Louis. He has participated in a number of standard organizations -- most notably CDISC and HL7 -- for over 20 years, and has served on the Board of Directors of both organizations. He served as the Chair of the HL7 Architecture Board from 2008-13 where he led the development of the ANSI standard Service-Oriented Interoperability Framework Canonical Definition (SAIF CD), and is a Thomas Erl/Arcitura-certified Service Oriented Architecture Analyst and Architect. For the past two years, he has served as a CoChair of the W3C Healthcare Life Sciences Work Group. His current work is focused on the use of Semantic Web tools and technologies for both standards (metadata) and data representation across the Translational Medicine Continuum, as well as use of these technologies in SOA to enable run-time contract interface negotiation and automated workflow configuration.

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Mark A. Musen, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Division Head (BMIR)
and Co-Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program

Dr. Musen conducts research related to intelligent systems, the Semantic Web, reusable ontologies and knowledge representations, and biomedical decision support. His long-standing work on a system known as Protégé has led to an open-source technology now used by thousands of developers around the world to build intelligent computer systems and new computer applications for e-science and the Semantic Web. He is known for his research on the application of intelligent computer systems to assist health-care workers in guideline-directed therapy and in management of clinical trials. He is principal investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, one of the seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing supported by the NIH Roadmap.

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Elgar Pichler, PhD

Computational Biology Consultant, W3C HCLSIG member.
Dr. Pichler's research is focused on computational analysis problems across the drug discovery and development process, as well as clinical health care scenarios. He is particularly interested in the use of ontologies and other semantic web technologies in the life sciences. He is a member of the W3C Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group and other academic and industry groups, where he contributes to the development of open source tools for data integration and analysis. Dr. Pichler has worked as a bio/cheminformaticist in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for over 10 years. Most recently he was a senior manager and principal bioinformatics scientist at AstraZeneca, where he worked on knowledge management systems, text mining, dynamical systems modeling, network analysis, and visualization.

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Robert L. Stevenson, PhD

Founder and principal of the Abacus Group and Separation Science Editor, ISC Publications.

The Abacus Group provides management assistance and business development for companies in separation sciences and analysis. Dr. Stevenson has previously held positions at BioRad Laboratories, Varian Associates, and Shell Development Company. He also serves as Separation Science Editor for American Laboratory, American Biotechnology Laboratory, and China Laboratory.

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Dr. Erich A. Gombocz

Dr. Bruce McManus

Dr. Charles N. Mead

Dr. Mark A. Musen

Dr. Elgar Pichler

Dr. Robert L. Stevenson