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Biomedical and Health Informatics Research Projects and Areas

Researchers participating in the UWM Doctoral Program in Biomedical and Health Informatics, are engaged in many research projects with support from NIH, NSF and private sources. They have also been supported through the UWM campus Research Growth Initiative and the UWM Graduate School.

Below is an overview of some examples of these research projects. More information can be obtained by looking at the web pages of participating faculty.

  • Content Based Retrieval of Medical Images Dr. Charles Kahn (MCW has been investigating applications of supervised machine learning methods to retrieve and classify medical images.
  • Collaborative Intelligent Health Information Systems Initiative his is a large collection of multidisciplinary research projects that include faculty from Nursing, CHS, LSB and CEAS. The iniative is lead by Dr. Sally Lundeen, Dean of the Colege of Nursing, It covers many areas of investigation related to the creation of intelligent health information systems to improve the safety and quality of health care delivery.
  • Noise suppression for cochlear implants The work of Dr. Yi Hu involves developing innovative approaches to improve speech intelligibility for users of cochlear implants.
  • Tele-educational System for Dental Radiology This project, led by r. Min Wu (UWM) along with collaborators from the Marquette University School of Dentistry aims to develop an innovative, interactive and web based educational system for dentists to improve their skills in interpreting dental images with tumors. Reference: Link to abstract
  • EMR-based database for anticoagulation/anticlotting outcome research
    Kourosh Ravvaz, Peter J. Tonellato, and Michael Michalkiewicz. Researchers from the Aurora Health Care (AHC) Research Institute and Zilber School of Public Health are working together on developing a retrospective EMR-based longitudinal anticoagulation clinical database with the goal of simulating and testing warfarin dosing algorithms designed to achieve therapeutic dose more quickly.
  • Image Processing and Biomedical Modelling Dr Zeyun Yu is pursuing a number of projects related to modelling the structure of biological molecules and organs. His work incorporates algorithms for geometic modelling and data visualization.