Keynotes and Plenary Speakers


Karen Yeates

To be announced

Karen Yeates, School of Medicine, Queen's University

March 23, 2022 at 08:45 EST

Talk summary: TBA


Dr. Yeates is a graduate of Queen’s Medical School and received Internal Medicine training in Toronto. She then completed a fellowship in Nephrology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario combined with a Master in Public Health from Harvard University.  She is co-founder and co-director of the Queen’s University School of Medicine Office of Global Health and is a clinician-researcher with a global health research focus in ‘mHealth’ and how it can improve access to prevention, detection and treatment for non-communicable disease (hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and cancer).

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Dr. Yeates is interested in improving access to care for underserviced populations in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa.  Her current projects include country coordinator for The PURE Study Tanzania which is the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology Study that will follow 2000 participants for more than 10 years in a global cohort to measure the impact of lifestyle and environment on development of chronic disease.  She is also the country lead for The International Polypill Study, a primary prevention study on cardiovascular disease in Tanzania.  Dr. Yeates is a principal investigator on a recently awarded CIHR-Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases grant ‘DREAM-GLOBAL’ that is focused on the use of mobile phones to reduce hypertension in rural Aboriginal communities in Canada and, in Northern Tanzania.  She was recently awarded the Rising Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada that will use smartphones to screen for cervical cancer and is the principal investigator on another Rising Stars grant from Grand Challenges Canada that will scale up the use of mobile phones to distribute insecticidal treated bed-nets for malaria and anti-hypertensive medications in Tanzania.

Lena Maier-Hein

Embracing Failure

Lena Maier-Hein, German Cancer Research Center – Intelligent Medical Systems 

March 24, 2024 at 15:50 EST

Biography: Dr. Maier-Hein is a full professor at Heidelberg University (Germany) and managing director of the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg. At the German Cancer Research Center she is head of the division Intelligent Medical Systems and managing director of the "Data Science and Digital Oncology" cross-topic program. Her research concentrates on machine learning-based biomedical image analysis with a specific focus on surgical data science, computational biophotonics and validation of machine learning algorithms. She is a fellow of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) society and of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems, president of the MICCAI special interest group on challenges and chair of the international surgical data science initiative.

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Dr. Maier-Hein serves on the editorial board of the journals Nature Scientific Data, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and Medical Image Analysis. During her academic career, she has been distinguished with several science awards including the 2013 Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award of the German Research Foundation and the 2017/18 Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Prize. She has received a European Research Council starting grant (2015-2020) and consolidator grant (2021-2026).


Panel Session

March 23, 2023 at 11:45 EST