Visualizing Health

Feb 8, 2018 · Vancouver, Canada

This time we'll look at how visualization can be used in the health sector. At tools and methods to find answers in research, diagnose diseases faster, or even save lives in emergency situations.

We have some great speakers again, who will show us different perspectives and approaches to some urgent matters in research and practice:

Peter Kim ( from Data for Good will show us ideas and results from the Datathon ( in Support of the Vancouver Overdose Prevention Society ( that happened on Jan 13. Since overdoses are a pressing public health issue in British Columbia, analyzing data sets related to visit volume and substance usage could give insight into where more support is needed.

Cydney Nielsen ( is working in the Shah Lab for Computational Cancer Biology ( based at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. She is designing and developing visualization tools to facilitate discovery in cancer genomics.

Lilah Toker is a Postdoc at the Pavlidis Lab ( at UBC. They do research in neuroscience, bioinformatics, computational biology, functional genomics and genetics – also called "neuroinformatics". Lilah will walk us through how they use and create visualization to explain the most complex matters.

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6:00 - 6:30 Welcome and Mingling - there will be Pizza!

6:30 - 6:40 Intro

6:40 - 6:55 Peter Kim: Data for Good, Pivot legal society, and the Datathon

6:55 - 7:15 Cydney Nielsen: Visualizing Genomic Data

7:15 - 7:30 Lilah Toker: In quest of good gene data expression visualizations

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