London Health Research Day 2024

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The 2024 London Health Research Day will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at the Mustang Lounge on Western University Campus.

If you are a learner or trainee doing research at Lawson Health Research Institute, Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry or the Faculty of Health Sciences, please save the date so you can share your projects with your peers, researchers, faculty and mentors.

Researchers, faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend to support our learners and trainees as they showcase their groundbreaking health research.

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London Health Research Day is presented in partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

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Keynote Address

London Health Research Day (LHRD) 2024’s distinguished keynote speaker is Laura Rosella, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics at the University of Toronto.

When: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | May 7, 2024
Where: McKellar Room – University Community Centre (UCC) 2nd Floor
Topic: The AI Tipping Point: Future Directions for the Applications of AI for Health

How can we navigate the complex landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) in the health sector? What are the myths, the debates and the skepticism surrounding the role of AI in health care? This keynote addresses these burning questions, outlining a proposed direction, ranging from discovery to clinical and public health applications.

Data and analytics have never been more important in society, particularly for informing health decisions. There has been a rapid change in the nature of data used in health and epidemiologic research and an increased focus on using AI in analyzing those emerging data sources.

There are many conflicting points of view on the utility of AI in an epidemiologic context and a lack of clarity on the implications for medicine and public health.

The keynote will include insights on regulatory considerations required to move these discoveries into practice as well as implications for bias, equity, surveillance, and causal inference. We will conclude by summarizing the implications for epidemiology research and training. 

Speaker Biography:

Laura C. Rosella, PhD, is the Stephen Family Research Chair in Community Health at the Institute for Better Health. She is also an epidemiology professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In addition to this, she holds the Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics.

Rosella is the Education Lead for the Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine. She is also the Associate Director of Education at the Data Science Institute. Rosella is leading the AI for Public Health Research Training Platform (AI4PH). The platform focuses on building an AI workforce specifically for public health. 

She has authored over 260 peer-reviewed publications and has received various accolades, including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and being inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars.

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Public Lecture

Mark Daley, PhD, Chief AI Officer at Western.

When: 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. | May 6, 2024
Where: Labatt Health Sciences Building - Room 40
Topic: How will AI change us? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.

Mark is the Chief AI Officer at Western University and a full professor in the Department of Computer Science with cross-appointments in five other departments, The Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and The Western Institute for Neuroscience. He is also a faculty affiliate of Toronto's Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Mark has previously served as the Vice-President (Research) at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and Chief Digital Information Officer, Special Advisor to the President, and Associate Vice-President (Research) at Western. 

Mark is the past chair of Compute Ontario and serves on a number of other boards.

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