Informatics Week in Chicago is made possible through the generous support and hard work of our Sponsors. Activities will provide opportunities to learn more about informatics as a field, learn about career opportunities, and see cutting-edge research. To include an activity on this list, send us the details and include a contact for further information.

Monday, October 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m., CDT

Biomedical Health Informatics Colloquium - Webinar

Please join the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for the following webinar:

Neil R. Smalheiser - "Informatics Tools to Facilitate Evidence Based Medicine" Space is limited!

Register now to reserve your Webinar seat.

After registering you will reserve a confirmation email containing information regarding joining the Webinar.

The address to attend the Webinar at UIC: College of Medicine Research, 909 S. Wolcott, Room 5175, Chicago, IL 60612.

Tuesday, October 30, 12:00 p.m.

EECS Seminar: Informatics Career

Location: TECH L324, Northwestern University's Evanston, IL Campus

Justin Starren, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Director Northwestern University Biomedical Informatics Center (NUBIC), and Director of the new PhD program in Health and Biomedical Informatics, Northwestern University

As part of Informatics Week, the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics will be offering career talks about Informatics as a career. Informatics is the study of information: how you collect it, organize it, and use it to solve problems. Health and Biomedical Informatics (identified as one of the hottest growth fields in many publications), is informatics applied to healthcare and biomedical research, and developing better methods to user data, information, and knowledge to solve practical problems in healthcare and biomedical research. The career talk will last approximately 30 minutes, allowing time for questions.

A lunch (pizza/sodas) will be served at 11:50 a.m., and is being sponsored by Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics (HBMI).

Tuesday, October 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Informatics Jam Session

Prentice Women's Hospital, 250 E Superior, Chicago, IL, 3rd Floor, Conference Room L-South

Northwestern researchers will highlight their informatics research during a round of 60-90 second speed seminars.

A reception will follow in the Atrium.

Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 a.m., 750 N Lake Shore Dr, Rubloff Bldg., 11th Floor, Lakeview Conference Room

"The Multiscale Analysis of the Complex Injury Response in Multiple Organ Systems"

Junhee Seok, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Illinois Medical District Informatics Colloquium

Searle Conference Center, Billings Room, Professional Bldg., 5th Floor, Rush University Medical Center, 1725 W. Harrison St, Chicago, IL

The Illinois Medical District Informatics Colloquium will bring together informatics researchers and operational staff from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Rush University, and Stroger Hospital. Using a rapid-fire set of presentations, attendees will learn about informatics research, cutting edge operational projects, and be able to network with colleagues from the Illinois Medical Center. Ten speakers will provide five-minute presentations followed by time for questions and networking. Lunch will be provided. Directions, parking, and public transport information is available here:

Click here to register for this event.

Wednesday, October 31, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"Big data: yesterday, today, and tomorrow"

Diego Klabjan, PhD, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University

Lakeview Conference Room, Rubloff Building, 11th Floor, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL


Thursday, November 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"Deploying translational bioinformatics approaches in RNA sequencing"

Yves Lussier, MD, Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lakeview Conference Room, Rubloff Building, 11th Floor, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

Friday, November 2, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"Development of an open-source, flexible framework for complex inter-institutional data sharing and collaboration."

Sam Volchenboum, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago

Lakeview Conference Room, Rubloff Building, 11th Floor, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

November 3-7: AMIA 36th Annual Symposium on Biomedical informatics

The AMIA Annual Symposium is the world's premier scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics. Informatics Week attendees are invited to:

* if you are a member of any of the Organizational Sponsors or a student at any of the Academic sponsor programs, please communicate to AMIA staff when registering.

More Information:

Mayor Emmanuel has declared October 30 - November 7 as "Chicago Informatics Week," and the annual meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is in Chicago from November 3-7. Rush University and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) are academic sponsors of Chicago Informatics Week. To celebrate, both universities are hosting this event.

Questions should be directed to Shannon Sims.

Monday, November 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


This is a chance to meet up and network with other Informatics professionals from around Chicago and around the world! The meet-up will take place during the AMIA Symposium, but registration for the symposium is not required.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: The Hilton Chicago

720 South Michigan Avenue

Price: $50.00 at the door


Informatics Week will wrap up with an in-depth tutorial on the I2B2 software.

We will describe a step by step approach to implementing i2b2 at your institution, what technologies are used and any third party software that is required, such as application or database servers. We will continue by writing a new analytic "cell" and leveraging advanced services such as natural language processing. The new cell will be a fully working i2b2cell that can receive and respond to i2b2 calls. Once the cell has been developed, an i2b2 webclient plugin will be developed that sends a message to the cell and displays the response. We conclude with a roadmap for the near term and longer term i2b2 developments.

Due to the complex nature of this tutorial, the participants should download and install the tutorial Virtual Machine (VM; see below) prior to attending. The VM will run on any Windows or Macintosh machine and will contain a complete and installed i2b2 server, i2b2 webclient, application server, database server and any developments needed. A completed cell and plugin will also be included.

Prerequisites: The participant should download and install the source code of the "i2b2 Tutorial" that is available for download here prior to arriving at the workshop.

Intended Audience: Scientists; researchers; healthcare analysts, database programmers, and other healthcare professionals; academic faculty or professionals setting up bioinformatics facilities and/or relating these to clinical data repositories and computer scientists, system developers, and programmers.

The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. Contact Susanne Churchill.