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QFAB helping drive intersection of informatics and eHealth at a Women in Technology event

QFAB’s Head of Computational Biology, Dr Gareth Price, spoke at the first joint Women in Technology and Australian Computer Society event on Tuesday, 27 February in Brisbane.

At the panel discussion, titled “Empowering a healthier future... through the intersection of people, technology and science”, Gareth talked about bioinformatics in academia as related to eHealth.

Gareth presented the challenges to eHealth in dealing with the high volume of genomic data now available for clinical interpretation and the efforts around standardising data types.

He showcased the Genomics Virtual Lab as a free and open environment for the analysis and manipulation of genomic data, as well as the importance of making data FAIR(er) – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-useable – adding an emphasis on the importance of the Ethical use and Reproducibility of data coming from the application of FAIR principles to eHealth data.

Other panellists included:

  • Professor Peter Croll, a Brisbane-based consultant in eHealth privacy and security
  • Bernadette Hyland, co-founder of 3 Round Stones, specialising in data modelling and visualisation of U.S. publicly-funded science data
  • Renea Collins, Metro South Health’s Clinical Director eHealth
  • Raphael Couzet, Principal Business Insights & Data Platform Specialist at Microsoft, and
  • former Women in Technology life sciences director and QUT Project Manager of the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group/Herston Biofabrication Institute, Mathilde Desselle, as the panel facilitator.

The panel conversation covered a broad range of topics and discussed the skillsets that are currently missing to enable delivery of digital healthcare in the future. 

The WiT event was hosted at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Brisbane office and supported by the Australian Computer Society.


Dr Gareth Price