Aron Henriksson spent two weeks in April at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), continuing his ongoing collaboration with Dr. Mike Conway, who is currently at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. A small project was initiated that aims to develop techniques for detecting signals of adverse drug events (ADEs) in Twitter streams, in particular ADEs that are perceived to have been caused by tobacco cessation products. This project will continue over the coming months.
Sumithra Velupillai, who is currently doing a postdoc in San Diego, and Aron also visited Salt Lake City, where they gave a joint talk at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, headed by Professor Wendy Chapman. The talk described their respective research efforts and that of the Clinical Text Mining group as a whole.
Both visits were very inspiring, and on our way from San Diego to Salt Lake City, we took the opportunity to take in the spectacular Grand Canyon!