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Honorary & Visiting Fellows

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellow is an honour which the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) may bestow upon individuals who have distinguished themselves through achievements in Health Information Technology or in activities in support of the aims and objectives of the AEHRC.

Richard Alvarez is a leader in Canadian health care. He is known for taking on challenging mandates and building successful organizations. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Health Infoway, he has been a catalyst for accelerating the development of electronic health records in Canada. He has established strong, collaborative relationships with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders as the foundation for solid progress. He has articulated a broad national vision for reforming Canada's health care system through innovation and technology. On the international front, he has helped to position Canada as a world leader in health care renewal. Recently, Mr. Alvarez was recognized at the 2007 National Builder Inductee to the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) Hall of Fame for the leadership he has exercised throughout his career (with the Government of Alberta, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and at Canada Health Infoway) in promoting the application of innovative technology to improve health care delivery for Canadians.

Prior to his role at Infoway, Mr. Alvarez also played a key role in harnessing the power of information to improve health care. As former president and chief executive officer and ex-officio board member of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), he helped CIHI evolve into a well-known and respected organization with strong ties to the research community. Mr. Alvarez is past chair of the National Health Information Council. He is a frequent speaker and facilitator at national and international health care conferences and is a past recipient of the Who's Who in Healthcare Award. He is an honorary fellow of the AEHRC Advisory Committee of Australia, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Identify, Privacy and Security Initiative at the University of Toronto.

Visiting Fellows

AEHRC Visiting Fellowships are designed to enable International and Australian-based researchers to be seconded from their organisations to undertake agreed collaborative projects under the auspices of the AEHRC research programme.


At the time of writing, Dr Sebastien Ourselin is a Reader in Medical Image Computing at the Centre for Medical Image Computing, University College London. An associate editor of Medical Image Analysis and a MICCAI Board Member, he has published more than 70 journal and conference articles. His main research interests include rigid and non-rigid registration, molecular imaging, segmentation, atlas conception, statistical shape modeling, surgical simulation, image-guided therapy and minimally invasive surgery. Sebastien Ourselin has been involved in a broad range of clinical projects, including neuroimaging, neurosurgery, computer-assisted cardiovascular surgery, radiotherapy treatment, colonoscopy, and orthopaedic research. His research is often collaborative and involves universities, clinical and commercial partners. In his most recent role, from 2003 to November 2007, he founded and led the CSIRO BioMedIA Lab, Australia. In Australia, he is currently adjunct A/Prof at the University of Queensland (joint appointment Faculty of Health Sciences and School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering), adjunct A/Prof at the University of New South Wales, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, and adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, department of Electrical Engineering. He is also Honorary Medical Physicist at Westmead Hospital (Sydney, Australia), Department of Radiology. Until December 2007, he was President of the Australian Pattern Recognition Society. He has been actively involved in conference organization, nationally and internationally. He serves on the SPIE International Technical Committee for Medical Imaging. He is part of the MICCAI 2008 Program Committee, and was Program co-chair of MICCAI 2007. He is also part of the Steering Committee of ISBMS 2008, and serves as Technical Liaison for ISBI 2008.


At the time of writing, Dr Neil Killeen (Centre for Neuroscience, the University of Melbourne) manages a Research Neuro-science Computational and Informatics Facility which supports researchers from a diverse community, including the Howard Florey Institute, the University of Melbourne, NICTA and the Melbourne Neuro-psychiatry Centre. Neil has a PhD in Astrophysics, and worked previously for the CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney, where he managed and developed radio astronomy software and techniques, as well as undertaking astrophysical research. Neil played a leading role in the Australian contribution to the International Virtual Observatory, a global astronomy informatics programme.

At the time of writing, Dr IIkka Korhonen is the Chief Research Scientist of ICT for Health at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Dr Korhonen's research interests include use of ICT for health and wellness, biosignal interpretation methods and pervasive health care technologies and their application in critical care patient monitoring, personal health systems, ambient assisted living, and eHealth. He received his PhD ('97) in signal processing from Tampere University of Technology, Finland.


At the time of writing, Dr Simon Warfield is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Director, Computational Radiology Laboratory, Children's Hospital Boston. His research in the field of medical image analysis has focused on methods for quantitative image analysis through novel segmentation and registration approaches, and in real-time image analysis, enabled by high performance computing technology, in support of surgery. Dr Warfield graduated with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 1997. Dr Warfield served on the Research and Investment Advisory Committee of the AEHRC.

At the time of writing Dr. Murray H. Loew is Professor and Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at George Washington University. After receiving a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Murray Loew spent six years in industry. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. His teaching and research interests include medical image processing and analysis (salience; multispectral infrared breast imaging; human vs. machine stereology), compression (task-based measures of reconstructed image quality), and pattern recognition (small-sample measures for error probability and ROC; multisensor fusion for vehicle classification). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of AIMBE.

At the time of writing, Dr Michael Lawley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology and is QUT's W3C Advisory Committee Representative. He is a Visiting Fellow at the CSIRO/Queensland Government e-Health Research Centre working on e-Health Metadata and Ontologies with a specific focus on SNOMED CT and Description Logics. He also consults in the areas of lightweight (REST-based) systems integration, workflow analysis, and model-driven development. Previously, Dr Lawley was a Senior Project Leader for the Pegamento Project at the Cooperative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology (DSTC Pty Ltd), Brisbane, Australia. His recent work involves research into model-driven development techniques and prototyping of tools to support model-driven development. He was a core contributor to DSTC's work on the Object Management Group (OMG) Meta Object Facility 2.0 Query/View/Transformation (MOF QVT).

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2011 16:37

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