MODR Trainee Development Seminar - Dr. Emma Griffiths - Simon Fraser University

Dr. Emma Griffiths


Start 8 April, 2021, 12 PM

End 1 PM





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It’s just semantics - or is it? How data science improves your health, gets you a job, and so much more.

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Emma Griffiths is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on how the development and implementation of data standards and ontologies improve the capture, harmonization and integration of different types of data. Currently, she uses these tools to enable public health agencies across Canada to perform genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 as part of the Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN). She also works with Canadian government food regulatory, public health, and environmental agencies to better enable them to study how food production contributes to the development of antimicrobial resistance impacting human health, and explore strategies for reducing antimicrobial resistance in food production systems. Dr. Griffiths has also applied these data science strategies to better enable researchers to study the development of chronic diseases in children in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Cohort Study.


  1. Explain why the way data is encoded impacts the way it can be integrated and used.
  2. Define the principles and practices that help make data interoperable.
  3. List some examples of how data standards could improve your research.

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