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Duke Center for Health Informatics: Privacy and the Internet in Contemporary Clinical Trials

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eric Perakslis, PhD
Informatics Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:
Understanding privacy in the digital age requires a deep understanding of the forces driving the internet and the specific resulting harms. To protect patients in digitized clinical trials, we must look beyond the traditional and historical concept of medical privacy.

Instructor Biosketch:
Eric Perakslis, PhD, is the Chief Science and Digital Officer at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He was previously a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, where his work focused on collaborative efforts in data science that spanned medicine, policy, engineering, computer science, information technology, and security. Immediately prior to his arrival at Duke, Eric served as Chief Scientific Advisor at Datavant, Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, and Strategic Innovation Advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Eric was Senior Vice President and Head of the Takeda R&D Data Science Institute, where he built an integrated institute of more than 165 multi-disciplinary data scientists serving all aspects of biopharmaceutical R&D and digital health. Prior to Takeda, Eric was the Executive Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Countway Library of Medicine, an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a faculty member of the Children's Hospital Informatics Program at Boston Children' Hospital.

During his time at HMS, Eric focused on the approval of the Department of Biomedical Informatics as a full academic department, the development of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network, industry collaborations, leading the technology efforts for multiple Ebola response programs, and building active research programs in medical product development, regulatory science, and cybersecurity.
Prior to HMS, Eric served as Chief Information Officer and Chief Scientist (Informatics) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this role, Eric authored the first IT Strategic Plan for FDA and was responsible for modernizing and enhancing the IT capabilities as well as in silico scientific capabilities at FDA.

Zoom Meeting link:
Meeting number (access code): 218 610 0752, Meeting password: 950986