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People in the News: Peter Elkin, Yuichi Sugiyama, Charles Mead, and Mark Musen

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This article has been changed to state the Peter Elkin worked for Mount Sinai in the past and not currently as reported earlier

The University of Buffalo has appointed Peter Elkin professor and founding chair of its new biomedical informatics department. He will begin his new role this summer.

Previously, Elkin served as vice president and professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he also directed the institution's center for biomedical informatics. He's also held an academic appointment in informatics at Mayo Clinic's medical school and completed an NIH-sponsored fellowship in medical informatics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

His research interests include clinical genomic and translational informatics, controlled health vocabularies, knowledge representation, natural language processing, ontologies, information retrieval, human factors engineering, clinical decision support systems and electronic medical records.

Elkin earned his medical degree at New York Medical College. Prior to that, he obtained an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and physics at Union College.


Certara has tapped Yuichi Sugiyama, a professor in the University of Tokyo's graduate school of pharmaceutical sciences and laboratory leader at RIKEN to serve on its scientific advisory board.

The company hopes to benefit from Sugiyama's expertise in transport mediated drug disposition and physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modelling and simulation.


IO Informatics has selected Charles Mead and Mark Musen to serve on its scientific advisory board

Mead is director of healthcare IT at Octo Consulting Group and co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium's healthcare life sciences working group. Previously, he was director of the University of California's graduate nursing informatics program and also served on the board of directors of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium and Health Level 7, and worked as the chief information officer for the National Cancer Institute.

Musen is professor of medicine and co-director of Stanford University's biomedical informatics training program. His laboratory conducts research related to intelligent systems, the Semantic Web, reusable ontologies and knowledge representations, and biomedical decision support.


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