Alistair Johnson received internship funding from Cerner Corporation for his 12 week short research project in Vienna, VA, USA over the summer of 2010. Cerner corporation provide healthcare solutions to clinical care providers, including data collection, storage, quality assurance, and predictive metrics. The widely used Acute Physiology, Age, and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) system, which assesses patient severity in the intensive care unit, allows for Cerner to compare observed and expected hospital outcomes and provides hospitals with an objective assessment of performance.
Alistair's project at Cerner, supervised by their Senior Research Manager, involved improving the methods used for evaluation of physiological derangement. The placement allowed for rapid knowledge transfer of both Cerner's back end data management systems and the front end utilization of the predictive analytics, ensuring the research was well suited for both clinical and industrial application.
June - August, 2010 Laboratory of Computational Physiology, HST, Harvard - MIT Extracting septic shock patients data from the MIMIC-II database.
25th January - 30th March 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology At the moment we have a working model based on a high mannose glycan, which has yielded results currently in preparation for publication. The purpose of the visit is to expand the model to Heparan Sulfate molecules, according to experimentally observable parameters.
During the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to undertake a three month internship with the China Mobile Research Institute in Beijing. My role was to devise a proof-of-concept prototype of a Bayesian voting system for mHealth smart phone applications to predict cardiovascular disease. During my time in China I also conducted an investigation in collaboration with the George Institute China into the effectiveness of current mHealth applications in rural Tibet, spending two weeks interviewing both patients and health care professionals in various villages. This was a fantastic opportunity and put into practice the CDT's vision of the symbiotic relationship between academic research, clinical practice and commercialisation. The experience gained through this internship has been vital in the progress of my DPhil research.