Podcast: The Biomedical Informatics Roundtable Podcast

Episode 18: AI Hype

In this episode, Jason hosts solo with discussions of AI hype, tips for deep learning in the biomedical sciences, and service as a leader. This episode also features news, open data, and a journal club discussion. The notes from the show are included below. Humility over hype: An AI leader at Google lays out a…

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Episode 17: Dealing With Failure

In this episode, Jason and Marylyn are back together to discuss progress in their new leadership roles. Marylyn discusses her experience organizing and attending an in-person bioinformatics conference during the COVID-19 pandemic. The training segment covers strategies for teaching about and learning from failure. Multiple news items and other items of interest are discussed. New…

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Episode 16: Changing Institutions

In this episode, Jason flies solo and announces his new position as founding Chair of the Department of Computational Biomedicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is joined by Dr. Kevin Johnson from Vanderbilt University to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of changing institutions. News and items of interest are covered. Dr. John…

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Episode 15: Writing Motivation

In this 16th episode we discuss a non-profit called New Science which is promoting change in how research is done. We also discuss methods for finding the motivation and discipline to write papers, grants, etc. We include open software and open data segments in addition to our usual news and items of interest. We also…

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Episode 14: Cultivating an Informatics Career

In this episode we discuss tips for cultivating a career in informatics. We present a number of interesting news items in addition to some open data and software tools. We end with some advice for junior faculty just starting out. A field guide to cultivating computational biology What will we find when we return to the office?…

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Episode 13: Federated Machine Learning

In this 14th episode, we discuss how to pick a journal for publication and review a paper on federated machine learning. We also talk about strategies for dealing with a senior scientist who doesn’t have your best interests in mind. We include in this episode our open data and open software segments and also present…

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Episode 12: Informatics History

In this thirteenth episode we introduce a new segment on informatics history led by Dr. John Holmes. We discuss data science training and offer advice to trainees on science networking. We also cover segments on open source software and open data in addition to our regular news and conference updates. Diabetes Care paper on head…

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Episode 11: Leadership Roles

In this twelfth episode, we discuss the roles of successful data science and informatics leaders in academia. We review a paper on the challenges and opportunities of electronic health records and informatics for dealing with national emergencies. We discuss preparing graduate students for non-academic careers. We also review a number of interesting news items. Below…

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Episode 10: Federated Data

In this eleventh episode, we discuss federated versus centralized data for collaborative projects across institutions. We review a paper using a federated model for data analytics to address the COVID-19 pandemic and provide advice to junior faculty for hiring graduate students and postdocs. We also review a number of interesting news items. Below are links…

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Episode 9: Leadership Coaching

In this tenth episode, we feature guest host Dr. Kevin Johnson from Vanderbilt University who leads a discussion on the value of leadership coaching. We review a paper about teaching artificial intelligence to medical students and provide some tips for science communication via twitter during our training segment. We also review a number of news…

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Episode 8: COVID-19 Data Science

In this ninth episode, we discuss the analysis of COVID-19 testing and surveillance data with guest host Dr. Jeff Morris from the University of Pennsylvania who is the founder and author of the popular COVID-19 Data Science blog. We also discuss several high-profile papers retracted from the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet…

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Episode 7: Informatics Consortia

In this eighth episode, we discuss the pros and cons of participating in research consortia. Our journal club segment features a paper from Nature Machine Intelligence on machine learning analysis of COVID-19 data. We present the sci-kit learning resource in our software segment and present a nice source of open data for COVID-19. We also…

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Episode 6: The Metaverse

In this seventh episode, we discuss how informaticians can help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We present the Avida software for artificial life and the Google Dataset Search tool that gives you access to more than 25 million datasets. We offer some advice to trainees on work-life balance during the pandemic and feature Dr. Philip…

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Episode 5: Evolutionary Computation

In this sixth episode, we discuss evolutionary computation and review a paper with guest host Dr. Moshe Sipper from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. In our training advice segment, we discuss tips for asking questions at scientific talks. We also present several interesting news items and mention some upcoming conferences and deadlines. Blog post by Dr….

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Episode 4: Leadership Skills

In this fifth episode, we discuss strategies for motivating junior faculty and discuss a review paper on visual analytics. Finally, in our training advice segment, we discuss the qualities and skills found in effective leaders. We also present several interesting news items and mention some upcoming conferences and deadlines. Piece in The Guardian on end…

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Episode 3: Informatics Journals

In this fourth episode, we discuss top informatics journals and a paper on deep phenotyping in the EHR. We also discuss the PhenX toolkit in our open data segment. Finally, in our training advice segment, we discuss “How to deal with someone else having my idea especially when they do it first”. We also present…

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Episode 2: Data Science

In this third episode, we  open with a discussion topic on data science. We discuss a paper in JAMIA by Dr. James Cimino on adding clinical cognition to the EHR. IN our open data segment we discuss data.gov. In our training segment, we discuss tips for writing an informatics methodology grant for the NIH. We…

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Episode 1: Machine Learning Interpretation

In this second episode, we  open with a discussion topic on machine learning model interpretation. We discuss a review paper on mobile health and feature a special segment by Dr. Ben Glicksberg on his open-source ROMOP R package. In our training segment, we discuss impostor syndrome. We also cover some news items and preview a…

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Episode 0: Deep Phenotyping

In this first episode we introduce the podcast and then open with a discussion topic on deep phenotyping. We discuss a review paper on deep learning and also provide some time management advice for trainees and young faculty. We also cover some news items and preview a few upcoming conferences. Below are links to the…

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