Header image  

BioSecure 2009
Biosurveillance and Biosecurity Workshop
September 24-25, 2009        Taipei, Taiwan

Sponsored by NTU, IEEE ITS, ISDS, NSF, & NSC


Keynote and Invited Speakers

The Program Committee is pleased to announce its Keynote, Workshop, and Invited Speakers:

Keynote Speaker

Sherrilynne S. Fuller
Dr. Fuller currently serves as Co-Director, Center for Public Health Informatics, School of Public Health and Community Medicine; Professor, Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine; Professor, Information School; Adjunct Professor, Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine; and Senior Advisor to the Dean, University Libraries all at the University of Washington, Seattle Washington. She has a BA degree in Biology, a Master's in Library Science from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern California. Fuller's research areas include: strategies for improving health information systems and technologies to for low-resource environments across the world with a particular focus on capacity building in Universities in resource-constrained countries; developing new approaches to represent and map the results of scientific research in support of knowledge discovery; design and evaluation of health information systems to support decision making at the place and time of need; and integrated health sciences information systems design with a primary focus on human factors. She has led the development of the Global Partner in Public Health Informatics a group of individuals and organizations working together to improve health in low resource settings through appropriate application of information and communications technologies and capacity building.

Workshop Speaker

Yiming Bao
Yiming Bao, Ph.D., is a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), where he manage the NCBI Influenza Virus Resource. NSBI is part of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Dr. Bao has been with NCBI since 2001, when he joined the organization as a Viral Genome Scientist. Prior to that, he was at The Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as a Senior Research Associate II in the laboratory of Marilyn Roossinck. He also served as a Post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Richard Nelson. Dr. Bao received the Ph.D. in Genetics from the John Innes Center (through University of East Anglia) in Norwich, UK. Prior to that, he received the B.S. in Biochemistry from Peking University.

Invited Speakers

Wendy Chapman
Dr. Chapman is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the University of Pittsburgh. She received the Ph.D. in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2000 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Chapman manages the Biomedical Languague Understanding Lab (BLULab) at the University of Pittsburgh. The BLULab focuses on extracting and encoding information from biomedical free-text, including clinical reports and the biomedical literature. Lab members come from a diverse background and have training in linguistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, health services research, medicine, and biomedical informatics.

Hsinchun Chen
Dr. Chen is McClelland Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona. He trained in information management and computer science, and received the Ph.D. in Information Systems from New York University. He has adopted the Artificial Intelligence approach to creating computer programs that emulate human mental faculties and intelligence. In particular, he is a pioneer in data mining, text mining, and web mining, which strive to analyze the voluminous amount of human-generated data and information and turn them into actionable knowledge. His research has contributed significantly to three MIS-related areas: digital library, biomedical informatics, and intelligence and security informatics. Dr. Chen has been a PI of several NIH Biomedical Informatics projects. His HelpfulMed system supports concept-based medical retrieval and medical map browsing, and the GeneScene system helps biologists visualize genomic pathways for selected cancer (p53) and plant (Arabidopsis) specific genes. He is a leader in biomedical data mining research and has served as the Scientific Counselor of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications of the National Library of Medicine, NIH, USA. He is the editor of a highly-acclaimed research monograph entitled: Medical Informatics: Knowledge Management and Data Mining in Biomedicine, Springer, April, 2005. Dr. Chen’s BioPortal system (funded by NSF/CIA) for infectious disease surveillance has been utilized by the States of New York and California for West Nile virus, botulism, and foot-and-mouth disease information sharing and analysis. Dr. Chen is an IEEE Fellow.

new!   Mei-Shang Ho
Dr. Ho, M.D., M.P.H. is a Resarch Fellow, specializing in Virology and Epiedmiology, at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan. She received her M.D. and M.P.H. degree from Indiana University. Dr. Ho believes that probing into the biological basis that renders the wide spectrum of clinical outcomes of microbial infections represents one of the most intriguing aspects in clinical practice and research in infectious diseases. The central themes in the laboratory revolve around the study of infection models of hepatitis B virus (HBV), enterovirus 71, and SARS. For HBV and SARS, the focus is on the host genetic predisposition for severe outcomes of viral infection. Enterovirus 71 - the newly identified neurotropic enteroviruse - is epidemic prone in causing morbidity and mortality in recent years. Ongoing projects include establishing animal models to distinguish strain differences in virulence and studying the molecular basis for viral virulence by infectious clones derived from reverse genetic technology. They are also working on identifying the mammalian cellular receptors for enterovirus 71 which would provide the basis for establishment of a susceptible transgenic mice model for enterovirus 71 in vivo study.

new!   Chwan-Chuen King
Dr. King, a professor at the Graduate Institute of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, has taught several courses of infectious diseases, including epidemiology of infectious diseases, current problems and responses to emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, epidemiology of arboviral infections, pathogenesis of viral diseases, and vaccines. Her research interests include epidemiology and pathogenesis of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever, surveillance of infectious diseases, epidemiologic changes and interspecies transmission of influenza viruses, and epidemiology and public health policies. She has been an advisor for the Centers for Disease Control in Taiwan on elimination of poliomyelitis, epidemiology and health policies of severe acute respira tory syndrome (SARS), and pandemic influenza preparedness. In the past, she had been a consultant for Liberal Education Program at the Minister of Education in Taiwan and a standing committee member for Science Monthly Journal published in Taiwan. Currently, she is also a free writer on issues of infectious disease and public health, science and policies, and higher education.

Nobuhiko Okabe
Dr. Okabe, MD PhD, is Director of the Infectious Disease Surveillance Center at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Okabe's completed his medical training at Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, and completed post-graduate study at the Department of Pediatrics, Jikei University School Hospital in 1973. He was a Clinical Associate from 1973-1975 and 1975-1978 in the Department of Pediatrics, at the Jikei University School of Medicine and the Teikyo University School of Medicine, respectively. He completed the PhD in 1980 and served as a Research Associate in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee (U.S.). Dr. Okabe has held a number of faculty positions and has also served as Regional Adviser for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization Western, Pacific Regional Office in the Philippines.

Tsend Selenge
Mr. Selenge is the Head of the Surveillance Department at The National Center for Communicable Diseases in Mongolia. Previously, he was Epidemiologist for the Hygiene and Epidemiological Center of Ulaanbaatar, 1994-1996, and Virologist for Influenza at the the Public Health Institute, 1997-1998. His research interests include investigation into the prevalence of human brucellosis in Mongolia. Previous research includes the study of risk factors of viral hepatitis A and hand, foot and mouth diseases in Ulaanbaatar; meningococcal diseases in Mongolia; and the epidemiology of dysentery.

new!   Fuh-Yuan Shih
Dr. Shih is at National Taiwan University Hospital located in Taipei, Taiwan.

new!    Shin-Ru Shih
Dr. Shih is Professor/Chair of the Department of Medical Biotechnology and Laboratory Science, and Graduate Program of Medical Biotechnology, in Chang Gung University in Kweishan, Taoyan, Taiwan. She also serves as Medical Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pathology at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Dr. Shih received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University in 1995. She also holds a M.S. degree in Biochemistry and B.S. in Medical Technology, both from National Taiwan University. Prior to joining Chang Gung University, she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine of New Jersey, a research institute at Rutgers University and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is current Principal Investigator for a grant from the National Science Council, Taiwan, to study 3C-protease mediated cleavage of cellular proteins in enterovirus 71-infected cells.

new!   Mark S. Smolinksi
Dr. Smolinksi, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of Global Public Health at Google. He also served as Vice President for Biological Programs and Director, Global Health and Security Initiative, at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Prior to joining NTI, Mark was Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and Study Director for Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response. Mark received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, training in Internal Medicine at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, and training in Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona where he received his Masters in Public Health. He was a member of the investigation team during the hantavirus discovery in Southwestern United States in 1993. Mark was stationed as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Officer in San Diego, California from 1995-1997, where his experience included epidemiologic fieldwork in the Republic of Georgia. From 1997-2000, Mark was the ATPM Luther Terry Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Public Health and Science where he was a member of the Healthy People 2010 development team and had primary responsibility for Healthy People 2010:  Understanding and Improving Health that focuses on the Leading Health Indicators and a community health framework. Mark is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Nguyen Thanh Thuy
Dr. Thuy is head of the Biosafety Department in Vietnam's National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE). As head of the department, Dr. Thuy develops biosafety guidelines and regulations for NIHE; supervises biosafety implementation of BSL3, 2 labs; conducts studies on the biosafety of laboratories in provinces; and works as a facilitator for biosafety training courses in Vietnam. Prior to joining the Biosafety Department, he was a researcher in the Department of Preventive Medicine Network Coordination at NIHE from 1998 through 2005. As a researcher, he conducted studies on the preventive medicine system, developed and provided technical guidelines and training to provincial centers of preventive medicine, and participated in epidemic control activities. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Thuy was a general practitioner at the Phu Binh Ltd. Company in Hanoi. Dr. Thuy completed his medical studies in 1989 at the Hanoi Medical Center.

Kumnuan Ungchusak
Dr. Kumnuan Ungchusak (M.D., M.P.H.) was born in 1955. He graduated from Siriraj Medical School, Bangkok, Thailand in 1979. He received the Masters degree in Public Health from Mahidol University. He also received two years of on-the-job training in the Field Epidemiology Training Program under the Thai Ministry of Health in 1984. Since then, has has served as the field epidemiologist supervising communicable diseases surveillance and outbreak investigation for the country. At present, he is the senior expert in preventive medicine, Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control. He is the country contact person for International Health Regulations (IHR). He plays an important role in establishing the Surveillance Rapid Response Team (SRRT) which is now functioning in every district and province throughout the country. His recent work has been in the areas of Avian Influenza, public health emergencies at the international level, and the joint operations and management for outbreaks across borders.

new!  Muh-Yong Yen
Dr. Muh-Yong Yen graduated from the School of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University in 1980, and accomplished his training in infectious diseases at the General Veterans Hospital in 1987. He received further education at Columbia University, USA, in molecular biology, and at the National Sun Yat-Sen University where he obtained an EMBA. Dr. Yen was appointed chief of the Emergency Medicine and Infection Control Committee at the Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung in 1995. In 2003, during the SARS epidemic of Taiwan, he voluntarily joined the task force and developed the "traffic control bundle" to minimise transmission to health-care workers of nosocomial SARS infection. From 2006 to 2009, he was the elected president of the Infection Control Society of Taiwan. He is now Deputy Superintendent of Taipei City Hospital, and Director of the Division for Disease Control and Prevention, Taipei City Government. His areas of interest include emerging infectious diseases, infection control, and crisis management.

Daniel Zeng
Dr. Daniel Dajun Zeng received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and the B.S. degree in economics and operations research from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Honeywell Fellow in the Department of Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. He is also a Research Professor at the Institute of Automation in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Zeng's research interests include spatial-temporal data analysis, infectious disease informatics, intelligence and security informatics, software agents, and social computing.  He has co-edited fifteen books and published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in information systems, computer science, and public health informatics journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He has received multiple best conference paper awards and teaching awards. His research has been mainly funded by the U.S. NSF, U.S. DHS, MOST, and NNSFC. He has played a key role in starting the NSF BioSurveillance workshop series. He is active in information systems and public health informatics professional activities and is Vice President for Technical Activities for the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society and Chair of INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence.