By Christopher Cross and Dr. Latifa Jackson
For two and half days, Christopher Cross, CRL Associate Curator, Graduate Trustee, and Ph.D. student and Dr. Latifa Jackson, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the NHGC and Research Associate at the CRL attended the Symposium of Health Informatics in Latin America and the Caribbean (SHILAC) held in Puerto Rico. The objective of this important conference was to spur innovation in healthcare through five main aims: To identify common issues that can be addressed with informatics, particularly in issue of public health, to identify the importance of collaborative interdisciplinary solutions , to showcase the health informatics research and industry in Latin America and the Caribbean and describing the challenges and lessons learned, to brainstorm how to bridge the gaps among disciplines to develop more collaborative and diverse research and industry teams for more efficient solutions to health informatics issues in developing countries, to solve healthcare problems and implement computational and informatics solutions for developing and developed countries using mobile technology.
The conference was an important opportunity
to develop new skills in bioinformatics and bring these back to Howard University. We look forward to the application of these skill in the context of ongoing research in the CRL. ****