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Women in Data Science: Health Frontiers

Event Details:

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm PDT


John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Rotunda, E241 at the ChEM-H / Neuro, 290 Jane Stanford Way, 2nd floor, Stanford, CA 94305

This event is open to:

General Public

Join us on Wednesday, May 29, as we explore the ongoing impact of data science on the field of health. Hosted by Women in Data Science Stanford, an initiative of Stanford Data Science (SDS), and the SDS Data 4 Health Center, this symposium elevates women researchers, practitioners, and industry professionals who conduct data-intensive research in the health ecosystem.

The event will feature a range of speakers, spanning academics, industry professionals, and graduate students. The day will conclude with a networking reception. This event is in person only.

WiDS Stanford is independently organized by Stanford University to be part of the mission to increase participation of women in data science and to feature outstanding women doing outstanding work.


TimeSession NameSpeaker(s)
8:45-9:20amRegistration & Refreshments 
9:20-9:30amWelcome RemarksWIDS Faculty
9:30-10:10amKeynote: Climate Change and InformaticsKari Nadeau, Harvard University, Chair, Department of Environmental Health, and John Rock Professor of Climate and Population Studies
10:10-10:30amData Science Pipelines for Infectious Diseases, Low-Resourced Labs, Data Standardization, Sharing, IntegrationCristina Tato, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Senior Director, Rapid Response
10:50-11:50amReconstructing Parental Genomes and Near-Perfect Phasing Using Genetic Data from Millions of PeopleAmy Williams, 23andMe, Senior Scientist
11:50am-12:20pmNew Frontiers in Women's Brain HealthEmily Jacobs, UC Santa Barbara, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Director of the Ann S. Bowers Women's Brain Health Initiative
1:15-1:45pmInsights for Navigating a Career in DataDana DiFerdinando, Healthcare & Life Sciences Technology Executive and Board Member
1:45-1:55pmTraditional Clinical TrialsMartha Nason, NIAID, NIH, Biostatistician
1:55-2:05Target Trial Emulation: Where Should We Start?Maria Montez Rath, Stanford University, Senior Research Engineer Director of the Biostatistics Core in the Division of Nephrology
2:05-2:15Using Data Science to Inform Malaria Eradication StrategiesJade Benjamin-Chung, Stanford University, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health
2:15-2:35pmLightning Panel: Evidence GenerationMartha Nason, Maria Montez Rath, Jade Benjamin-Chung; Moderator: Siyu Hu, Stanford University
2:35-2:55pmPretraining and the LassoErin Craig, Stanford University, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Data Science
3:15-3:25pmAI & HealthSerena Yeung-Levy, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
3:25-3:35pmHow AI Is Transforming Healthcare & Life SciencesNoura Daadaa, Google, Healthcare AI Startups Lead
3:35-3:45Monitoring and Modeling the Body's Hidden Control SystemSandya Subramanian, Stanford University, Postdoc, Incoming Assistant Professor, UCSF-UC Berkeley Computational Precision Health
3:45-4:05pmLightning Panel: Predictive ModelsSerena Yeung-Levy, Noura Daadaa, Sandya Subramanian; Moderator: Grace Guan, Stanford University
4:05-4:10pmClosing RemarksStanford Data Science
4:10-5:15pmNetworking Reception 


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