From the International Medical Informatics Association

AMIA 2014 Call for Participation – Submissions Close 13 March 2014

AMIA announce the Call for participation for the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Full details are at The submission site is expected to be opened soon, and the submission deadline will be 13 March 2014 at 23:59 EDT.

Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, invites AMIA members, students, practitioners, informatics researchers, industry partners, and others interested in the rapidly emerging field of informatics to participate in the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Information on themes and tracks, categories of submission and information on the submission process are all available via

The AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium will be held at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. on 15-19 November, 2014.


January 29, 2014 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

International Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research Informatics – Melbourne, Australia; 27-28 March 2014

Our colleague Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Chair of Health Informatics and Director, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC), The University of Melbourne is pleased to announce that on 27-28 March 2014 a joint symposium between BioGrid Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre will be held at the Davis Auditorium, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. For full information, including registration (which is free and a first registered, first confirmed basis) is available at  (information also on the attached PDF)

The University of Melbourne has been active in Health Informatics over the past ten years. These activities have recently crystallised in the creation of HaBIC, the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre. HaBIC is a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society. The Centre will be officially launched on 28th March 2014. In celebration of the launch we will be bringing together international and local experts in the field of Health and Biomedical Informatics who will be contributing to the symposium.

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC), The University of Melbourne is an Academic Institutional member of IMIA.

Please contact:,au   – enquiries[at]     +61 3 9342 3167



December 19, 2013 Posted by | Australia, bioinformatics, clinical informatics, conference, research | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Updates From IMIA Journals – ACI and Methods

ACI Editor Prof. Chris Lehmann and publishers Schattauer are pleased to announce that the all papers from the first 13 issues of ACI (up to and including Vol 3, Issue 3, totaling almost 120 articles) are now free and openly available for download. They are available via the Journal Archive at

The latest issue of Methods of Information in Medicine (Volume 52, Issue 6) contains several important freely available items for download. There is an Editorial titled “The World Health Assembly Resolutions on eHealth: eHealth in Support of Universal Health Coverage” authored by Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (download). The editorial reports that the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and three of the six WHO Regional Committees have adopted a number of resolutions on eHealth: the use of information and communication technology for health. It argues these resolutions have given legitimacy to eHealth as an area of work for WHO and its member states, and that their implementation will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Universal Health Coverage. eHealth has been perceived as reducing the cost of healthcare, improving quality and equitable access to health services, and several examples are cited.

The other three free downloads are linked: a discussion paper titled “Biomedical Informatics: We are what we publish” (Elkin, Brown and Wright – download), which is introduced by an editorial (Beuscart: “Know thyself”download), and followed by a commentary paper (Geissbuhler et al, with contributions from colleagues in Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Egypt, Argentina and Australia – download) which collates invited comments. Methods invites colleagues to continue the discussion in subsequent issues through letters to the editor.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | ACI eJournal, journals | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AMIA2013 – Early Bird Registration Open; Panels, Tutorials, Schedule-at-a-Glance

amialogoEarly bird registration is open for the AMIA2013 Annual Symposium, to be held in Washington DC, USA on November 16-20, 2013. Full information on all aspects of the symposium is at

Early bird registration closes on 29 August. See

The website also has information on panels, tutorials, keynote speakers, and links to booking hotels.

In addition, there is a Call for Late-Breaking Research Abstracts  – Deadline: July 31 – see and the Student Design Challenge: Reinventing Clinical Documentation – Deadline: July 31 –

Follow @AMIAinformatics for updates on Twitter, use the official hashtag  #AMIA2013 and follow on Twubs


July 22, 2013 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Data in Health and Biomedicine Conference: Melbourne, Australia – 18-19 April

Big Data 2013 is following on from the success of HISA’s Data Governance conferences of 2011 and 2012. Big Data 2013 is Australia’s first Big Data in biomedicine and healthcare conference. The event will be held at Rydges, Melbourne  on 18-19 April. For details, see Registration is open and the early bird rate closes on 12 March.

The conference will focus on issues around biomedical informatics, personalised medicine, health 2.0/participatory health, data governance, data analytics and healthier outcomes. The main themes of the conference are:

  1. New data sourcing: social media, genomics
  2. Technology and algorithms: NLP, text analytics, data mining, etc
  3. Applications: personalised medicine, clinical research, education
  4. Ethical legal issues, quality, risk, allocation, governance


HISA’s annual HIC event will be held on 15 July – 18 July 2013 in Adelaide at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with the primary theme of Digital Health Service Delivery – The Future Is Now! The Call for Submissions is open, and closes on 18 February, 2013. See for full details.

February 8, 2013 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, Australia, conference, education | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Health Informatics South Africa (HISA) 2013 Conference: Submissions Close 22 April

HISA 2013The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA – are pleased to announce that their HISA 2013 conference.

Full information is on the conference website – The closing date for submissions is 22 April, 2013. [Call PDF; 57kb]

HISA 2013 will be held on 03-05 July 2013 at the NMMU North Campus Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The School of ICT from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will host the conference, which will take place at the University’s conference center facilities in Summerstrand.

The conference theme will be “Empowering patients and healthcare professionals with information and technologies”. The conference website ( has full information.

The conference will be organized around the following major tracks:

  • Health Information, Systems and Technologies
  • e-Health in Africa
  • Medical Imaging Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Telemedicine and m-Health

Submissions will be welcome in the form of peer-reviewed research papers, case studies, panels and workshops. Details of the Call and submission templates are at

For more information, contact Prof Dalenca Pottas , Chair: Local Organizing Committee (dalenca.pottas[at] or Dr Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Chair: Scientific Programme Committee (nicky.mostert[at]

January 24, 2013 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JAMIA Seeks Student Editorial Board Applications – Due February 15

As announced through the recent AMIA e-News, JAMIA ( is seeking applications from biomedical informatics trainees for positions on the Student Editorial Board (SEB). Details about this program may be found in a published editorial in JAMIA. A goal of the program is to improve all of these skills through experience and mentorship, and several full JAMIA Editorial Board members initially served as SEB members during their training. SEB members will be assigned up to 6 manuscripts per year to review. More information is also available on

Direct questions should be sent via email to Michael F. Chiang, MD, JAMIA Assistant Editor – chiangm[at] Send application before February 15, 2013 via email to mail[at]

January 13, 2013 Posted by | AMIA, journals | , , , , | Leave a comment

Calls for Papers: HIC 2013 and Big Data 2013 (HISA, Australia)

HISA, the Health Informatics Society of Australia, ( has announced calls for papers for two important events in 2013 – their annual HIC conference and their Big Data 2013 event.

HIC 2013 – Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery – the Future is Now! will be held on July 15-18, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. Full information on the Call for Papers, expressions of interest, etc is available via the HIC 2013 website at

Paper submission deadline is Monday 18 February.

Big Data 2013 will follow on from the success of HISA’s Data Governance conferences of 2011 and 2012. Big Data 2013 is Australia’s first Big Data in biomedicine and healthcare conference. The conference will focus on issues around big data, biomedical informatics, personalised medicine, genomics, health 2.0 and data governance. The event will be held on 18-19 April, 2013 at Rydges, Melbourne,. Australia.

Paper submission deadline is Monday 14 January 2013. Full information is at

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Australia, conference | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

University of Buffalo Seeking Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics

The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) at The State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo; UB), invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Full information is at

AMIA2012 attendees can also talk with UB staff on the booth in the exhibition hall.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. John E. Tomaszewski MD, Chair, Biomedical Informatics Search Committee, c/o Deborah Kelsch and submitted via UB Jobs (posting 1200637). Nominations or inquiries may be sent to dlkelsch[at] The position will be open until filled.

November 5, 2012 Posted by | conference, USA, vacancy | , , , | Leave a comment

Post No. 600 – Medinfo2013 Submissions Open – We’re Waiting for Your Papers Etc.

Medinfo2013 SPC co-chairs Dominik Aronsky (Switzerland) and Tze-­‐Yun Leong (Singapore), together with IMIA VP Medinfo Riccardo Bellazzi (Italy) and the Danish LOC, lead by Lene Vistisen and Knut Bernstein (both Denmark), are pleased to announce that the submission system for Medinfo2013 is now open. We all look forward to receiving your submissions. Go directly to or via the Medinfo2013 website –

Important Closing Dates:

10 December 2012 for Papers, Student Papers, and Poster Submissions
10 January 2013 for Panels, Tutorials, Workshops, Demo Proposals and Care for the World Proposal Submissions

Please distribute this information widely among your friends and colleagues, consider submitting your work to Medinfo2013, and we look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen, Denmark in late August, 2013.

If you have already been registered with the online-registry system through a previous conference (Medinfo or MIE), then your account may already be set up – please log in and update your details. Otherwise, please register to be able to pre-register for Medinfo2013, submit your contributions for Medinfo2013 and view information about your submissions.

Instructions for authors in relation to the categories of submissions are available on the Medinfo2013 website – via  We ask that you read the categories of submission carefully – especially new categories such as the ‘Care of the World mini-symposium’ – and make sure that you submit your work to the appropriate category.

We remind you to adhere as closely as possible to the submission formats – submissions that do not conform may be rejected without review.

October 12, 2012 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment