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Thursday, September 29 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
(REF 29264) Open Science tackling unmet medical needs

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Today, it is possible to share scientific knowledge and research tools freely across the globe. We live in the era for Open Science, where a truly global scientific community is possible as an answer to global problems in dire need of that collective effort.

Some organizations have recognized the need for Open Science and taken up the challenge of making it a reality. Leaders in this cultural shift have pioneered new infrastructure for sharing protocols, tools, data, and biospecimens, as well as training to support and incentives to reward open science efforts.
One example is McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro) which, in 2016, became the first academic institute to embrace Open Science principles. The Neuro is remaking the norms of research, spearheading cross-border open research and pan-Canadian cooperation. The Neuro created the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute to actualize the cultural and normative change within The Neuro, across Canada, and around the world.

Scale of ‘open’ that can be pursued varies across regions and research areas, and depends on the resources that can be brought to bear. Panellists in this session will showcase their innovations in methodologies, collaborative infrastructure, and governance, and the resulting outcomes and benefits, arguing that the practical challenges are worth contending with and showing how bringing about real change can be accomplished at any level. We will also hear how science can be opened to include the patient perspective.

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Kaitlin Thaney

Executive Director, Invest In Open Infrastructure / Code for Science & Society
Kaitlin Thaney’s career has been centered around open infrastructure organizations; helping them think strategically about program design, participatory engagement, and sustainability. She is the Executive Director of Invest in Open Infrastructure, a nonprofit initiative dedica... Read More →

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Guy Rouleau

Director, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
Dr. Guy Rouleau is Director of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery of McGill University, Director of the Department of Neuroscience of McGill University Health Centre, and co-founder of the Tanenbaum Open Science... Read More →
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Kathryn Richmond

EVP, Frontiers Group, Office of Science & Tech, Allen Institute
Dr. Kathryn Richmond is an Executive Vice President at the Allen Institute, leading the Office of Science and Technology and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. In this role, she leads initiatives across the Institute and oversees scientific strategy, government relations, and business... Read More →
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Kris Noakes

Board of Directors, ALS Canada
Kris Noakes is a citizen of the Anishinabek Nation, a member of Nipissing First Nation living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  She has been an Indigenous advocate at the Municipal, Provincial, Federal levels in Canada.  Currently, Kris is a member of the Board of Directors... Read More →
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Matthew Todd

Chair of Drug Discovery, University College London
Mat Todd was born in Manchester, England. He was educated at Cambridge University where he obtained an MA in Natural Sciences in 1995 and a PhD in organic chemistry (with Chris Abell) in 1999. He was then a Wellcome Trust postdoc at The University of California, Berkeley (99-00... Read More →
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Amel Ghouila

Scientific coordinator, Preva Group
Dr Amel Ghouila, has a background in computer sciences with a PhD in Bioinformatics from the LIRMM, France. She previously worked for the pan-African bioinformatics network H3ABioNet supporting genomics research projects while developing bioinformatics and Data Science capacity t... Read More →

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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT