Posts Categorized: Event

Event – Third Annual Research Roundtable on “Data Analytics in Healthcare” (Mar. 9)

Please join us for a day of research presentations on the applications of analytics to healthcare. We have a lineup of internationally renowned experts in different scientific disciplines who will present data driven work in the context of the healthcare industry. Each presentation will explore a current challenge in the field and how analytics can offer insights to move us towards effective solutions. The presentations will be calibrated for a broad audience – all students, alumni, and practitioners are welcome to attend.

Full announcement at: Rotman School of Management

Event – CANSSI Ontario: Research Day (Mar. 5)

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning Robert B. Salter Auditorium, 686 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Learn about rich population-level data available to researchers in Ontario and how Ontario scientists are using it to make big discoveries.

12:30 – 2:00 pm
Population Data Expo | Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Join us for an engaging panel discussion as leading Canadian experts debate the personal and clinical utility of genetic risk scores

Event – OR Seminar: Dynamic multistage scheduling for patient-centered care plans

Speaker: Adam Diamand, York University
Time: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:10pm-1:00pm
Venue: Bahen Centre, Room 1190, 40 St. George Street

Abstract: We investigate the scheduling practices of multistage outpatient health programs that offer care plans customized to the needs of their patients. We formulate the scheduling problem as a Markov decision process (MDP) where patients can reschedule their appointment, may fail to show up, and may even become ineligible. The MDP has an exponentially large state space and thus, we introduce a linear approximation to the value function. We then formulate an approximate dynamic program (ADP) and implement a dual variable aggregation procedure. This reduces the size of the ADP while still producing dual cost estimates that can be used to identify favorable scheduling actions. We use our scheduling model to study the effectiveness of customized-care plans for a heterogeneous patient population and find that system performance is better than clinics that do not offer such plans. We also demonstrate that our scheduling approach improves clinic profitability, increases throughput, and decreases practitioner idleness as compared to a policy that mimics human schedulers and a policy derived from a deep neural network. Finally, we show our approach is robust to errors introduced when practitioners assign patients to the wrong care plan.

Announcement at: MIE Events

Event – A Tale of Two Health Systems: Perspectives from Toronto and New York (Jan. 22)


Arjumand SiddiqiCanada Research Chair in Population Health Equity and Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health


  • Dr. Dave Chokshi, Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Andrew BoozaryExecutive Director of Health and Social Policy, UHN and Assistant Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Nakia Lee-Foon, Moderator and PhD Candidate

Health Sciences Building 155 College street 6th floor auditorium Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

January 22, 2020 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Full announcement at: Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Event – Disruptors & Dilemmas: Robotics in Healthcare (Nov. 26)

Join us on November 26, 2019 to the launch of U of T Engineering’s newest premiere speaker series, Disruptors & Dilemmas, kicking off with our inaugural event featuring healthcare and robotics.

Event Details
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
6:00 – 8:30pm
6:00pm – Registration
6:30pm – Disruptors & Dilemmas panel
7:30pm – Refreshments & networking reception

COST: $25 for alumni, $15 for students

Bennett Jones
First Canadian Place
100 King St W Suite 3400, Toronto, ON

Full announcement and registration: U of T Engineering

Event – 2020 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care (Toronto, March 8-10)

The Call for Proposals is open through to November 8, 2020. Create an author profile and enter your proposal today for consideration.

  • October 3 – November 8: Call for Proposals Open
  • November 26: Author Notifications Sent
  • December 19: Session Schedule Released

Full announcement at: Conference Website

Lecture – How Philips is driving the global transformation of health care through innovation across the academic and corporate spectrum (Oct. 23)



Wednesday October 23, 2019 | 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM




Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Philips




How Philips is driving the global transformation of health care through innovation across the academic and corporate spectrum




Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street 

Full announcement at: Rotman School of Management

OR Seminar – Adaptive design of personalized dose-finding clinical trials (Oct. 10)

Amin Khademi, Clemson University


Identifying the right dose is one the most important decisions in drug development. Significant evidence has recently become available that emphasizes the role of patient covariates in optimal dose, i.e., a dose that is optimal for a patient group may be harmful for others. A key step towards personalized (precision) medicine is our ability to design efficient and fair clinical trials to investigate the optimal dose for each patient type. However, current methods do not consider patient covariates in optimal design of dose-finding clinical trials. In this talk we discuss the challenges that are involved in extending the standard methods for designing adaptive dose-finding clinical trials and how we can address them.

Full announcement at: MIE Events

Events – upcoming Rotman Health sessions (Nov. 6 to Mar. 3)

Nov. 6, 2019: Transforming the Healthcare Supply Chain: Unpacking Ontario’s First Provincial Value-Based Cardiac Procurement

Nov. 12, 2019: IT for Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)

Nov. 20, 2019: The Global Sanitation Challenge – Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Nov. 27, 2019: Private Sector Entrepreneurship in Global Health: Innovation, Scale, and Sustainability

Dec. 10, 2019: Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare – Are We There Yet?

Feb. 4, 2020: How Canada’s Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare

Feb 10, 2020: Key Trends in MedTech Strategy

Mar. 3, 2020: The Aging Population and Digital Solutions

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