Clarke to Host National Medical Informatics Conference, June 3-4

Clarke University will host the Statistical, Computational and Visualization Methods in Medical Informatics (SCVMMI) Conference from June 3-4 on the Clarke campus. The event is co-sponsored by Clarke University, the State of Iowa Board of Regents through the Grow Iowa Values Fund and is partially funded by the Iowa State University Department of Statistics

This two-day national medical informatics conference will explore recent advancements in improving the impact of medical data analysis on treating and better understanding human disorders. Healthcare professionals and clinical researchers will discuss and present original, peer-reviewed work related to efficient models that explore treatments, diagnoses, and disease patterns related to major pandemic disorders including cancer and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

This conference will address a number of current and upcoming advancements in medical informatics. Media are invited to attend conference sessions. If you are interested in specific topics or interviews, please contact Mike Cyze at A complete schedule of events and session topics can be found online at

“This conference will bring together physicians and researchers to address topics at the forefront of national health care,” said George Towfic, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science at Clarke and one of the conference organizers. “This is a unique conference in that it brings together physicians who treat patients as well as the clinical researchers and graduate students whose original work creates cost-effective, accurate, and efficient tools to manage and control HIV, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other conditions. We are very excited that Dubuque will serve as the home for such an experience.”

Towfic said the National Institutes of Health (NIH) project that the cost of cancer diagnosis and management will reach well over $150 billion by 2020 and HIV treatment alone accounts for over $20 billion.

Conference participants from top universities and research institutions will share their expertise in creating and utilizing data analysis tools to optimize care in treating detrimental diseases that severely hinder quality of life.

At the conference, distinguished speakers and clinical researchers from around the nation will deliver keynote speeches and a variety of plenary sessions will also be available. Keynote speakers include Dr. Michael Coen, from the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; Dr. Dianne Cook, from the Iowa State University Department of Statistics; Dr. Frank Graziano, Retired Professor of Medicine, UW-Madison; Dr. Mary Sara McPeek, from the University of Chicago; and Dr. George Weiner, from the University of Iowa’s Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The public is invited to attend the keynote speaker sessions at no charge, however, registration is required for presentations of original research sessions. See the online schedule at for more details.
Media requesting more information can contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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