Health Care – The Next Frontier for Big Data

This session will showcase examples of Big Data projects in the medical field that are breaking new ground in the ways complex data sets are being mined, analyzed and shared. For example, Guillaume Bourque’s research team at McGill University is investigating comparative genomics, genome rearrangements in evolution, genome rearrangements in cancer and evolution of regulatory sequences. Also, at the IBM Life Sciences Discovery Centre, Igor Jurisica’s team is analyzing and visualizing high-dimensional data to better profile and interpret cancer informatics.


Guillaume Bourque, Assoc Professor, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Director of Bioinformatics, McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Center

Guillaume Bourque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University and the Director of Bioinformatics at the McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Center. During his PhD, he worked on genome rearrangements in evolution with Pavel Pevzner at the University of Southern California. In 2002, he did postdoctoral research on gene regulatory networks at the University of Montreal with David Sankoff. From 2004 to 2010, he worked at the Genome Institute of Singapore, where he was a Senior Group Leader and the Associate Director of Computational & Mathematical Biology. His research interests are in comparative and functional genomics with a special emphasis on applications of next-generation sequencing technologies.

Igor Jurisica, Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute, IBM Life Sciences Discovery Center
; Tier I Canada Research Chair in Integrative Cancer Informatics; Associate Professor, Departments of Computer Science and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto 

Igor Jurisica, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Integrative Cancer Informatics, is a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Associate Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Medical Biophysics at University of Toronto and Visiting Scientist at IBM’s Centre for Advanced Studies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at School of Computing, Queen’s University and Graduate Program in Computer Science, York University. His research focuses on integrative computational biology and the representation, analysis and visualization of high-dimensional data from high-throughput biology experiments cancer informatics context. Interests include comparative analysis for mining different integrated data sets (e.g., protein-protein interactions, divers cancer profiling data, and high-throughput screens for protein crystallization).


Individual Presentations

Intended Audience 


Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Fletcher Theatre (Room 1900)