CTSI Welcomes New Informatics Director

Tim DyeAs of January 1, Timothy D. Dye, PhD has been appointed the new Director of Biomedical Informatics for the CTSI and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Tim has returned to URMC where he previously served as Chief of the Division of Public Health in the former Department of Community and Preventive Medicine (now Public Health Sciences), after serving in research and informatics leadership posts at SUNY Upstate Medical University and at the University of Hawaii.

As both an anthropologist and an epidemiologist, much of Tim’s previous work focuses on creating and managing integrated social and medical information from public health research around the world, with a particular focus on maternal and child health. Tim’s interest in combining anthropological and epidemiological research has previously led to the development and dissemination of large-scale informatics resources such as the Central New York Perinatal Data System (a population-based obstetrical surveillance system), the Central New York Regional Immunization Registry, and the Hawaii Biospecimen Repository, which integrates clinical information with tissue-based resources. Tim’s research has taken him to more than 20 countries around the world, predominantly in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. While at URMC previously, Tim established and directed an NIH-funded informatics fellowship for Costa Rican physicians (called InfoComm) that created a cadre of public health informatics specialists in Costa Rica and elsewhere in Latin America, many of whom remain affiliated with URMC research and educational activities.

In his new roles at UR, Tim will lead the CTSI’s biomedical informatics program, coordinating services and overseeing expansion and dissemination of research information resources to support clinical and translational research activities for the CTSI and its partners. Tim’s academic appointment as Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will also facilitate his ongoing research in social and medical determinants of maternal and child health and in outcomes among high-risk pregnant women. Tim also serves as Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for OneHEART World-Wide, an international NGO serving maternal and child health populations around the world, and as Editor in Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, a global journal of MCH research and practice.

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